After an extended stint on the sidelines for health-related reasons, rising star Luke Rockhold looks to have been handed an opportunity to become Strikeforce champion after announcing an agreement is in place pairing him against middleweight title-holder Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at an event on September 10.
Though nothing has been revealed in an official capacity, Rockhold took to his Twitter account over the weekend to relay the news to fans, adding, “I guess good things happen to people who wait!”
The 26-year old’s statement couldn’t be more true in his particular case after not having fought since February 2010 meaning his scrap with Souza will mark the first time Rockhold has stepped into the cage after more than eighteen months away from competition. However, prior to the Californian’s injury-induced break from fighting, Rockhold emerged with his hands raised in seven of his eight total tilts with the entire lot of victories coming as the result of an opening round finish including six submissions. Among his instances of success are wins against Jesse Taylor and most recently Paul Bradley.
Souza was last seen defending his belt in January against Robbie Lawler who he ultimately choked out in the third round. The performance improved the submission-savvy Brazilian’s overall record to 14-2 and was his fourth straight win including those over Matt Lindland, Joey Villasenor, and Tim Kennedy.
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