Luke Rockhold‘s win over Keith Jardine may have been near perfect but the champion didn’t escape unscathed as Rockhold apparently broke his hand at some point in the out.
Rockhold made his first successful title defense of his Strikeforce middleweight title be knocking out the former UFC veteran at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine. Rockhold confirmed the bad news surrounding his injury through Facebook where he wrote, “Thanks for all the love everybody. Couldn’t do it without you guys! So I did break my hand but it’s a clean break no surgery, minor price to pay for the sweet taste of VICTORY!!! 4-6 weeks be back in business.”
The good news for the American Kickboxing Academy fighter is that he will not need any kind of surgery to fix the hand, just rest and relaxation . Following his win, Rockhold made a claim inside the cage for Zuffa to bring some of the UFC’s top middleweights over to face him. It remains to be seen who Rockhold’s next opponent will be though a match with Tim Kennedy is a distinct possibility. Kennedy was set to be Rockhold’s first challenger, but an injury in training kept Kennedy out of the planned fight.
Here’s a complete list of medical suspensions stemming from last weekend’s Strikeforce event:
Alonzo Martinez: Suspended until 2/22 with no contact until 2/7 due to a bridge-of-nose laceration
Estevan Payan: Suspended until 2/7 with no contact until 1/29 due to a right-eye laceration
Trevor Smith: Suspended until 1/29 with no contact until 1/22 for precautionary reasons
James Terry: Suspended until 7/6 due to shoulder injuries, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early
Tyler Stinson: Suspended until 7/6 due to left-thumb and right-knee injuries, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, suspended until 2/22 with no contact until 2/7 due to a right-eye laceration
Tarec Saffiedine: Suspended until 7/6 due to a left-elbow injury, though a doctor (with an MRI and X-rays) can clear him early; regardless, suspended until 1/22 with no contact until 2/7 due to a left-eye laceration
Lorenz Larkin: Suspended until 2/7 with no contact until 1/29 for precautionary reasons
Adlan Amigov: Suspended until 2/7 with no contact until 1/29 for precautionary reasons
Keith Jardine: Suspended until 3/8 with no contact until 2/22 for precautionary reasons
Luke Rockhold: Suspended until 7/6 due to a right-hand injury, though a doctor can clear him early
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE