Pat Healy has been mentioned as a potential challenger to Gilbert Melendez and the Strikeforce lightweight title. On July 14, Healy will have a chance to confirm his status, as Strikeforce officials announced “Bam Bam” will face Mizuto Hirota at the card.
Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy takes place from the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Luke Rockhold will defend his middleweight title against Tim Kennedy in the main event with a co-headlining clash for the vacant welterweight belt between Tyron Woodley-Nate Marquardt.
Healy (27-16) has won five of his six Strikeforce fights. He is currently on a four-fight win streak, including a victory over Caros Fodor in March. Meanwhile, the bulk of Hirota’s success has come fighting in Japan where he posted a 14-4-1 career mark and won titles in a number of organizations.
Two other bouts were also announced for the event with Jordan Mein (24-8) takes on Tyler Stinson and Nate Moore (8-2) meets Jason High (15-3) at welterweight.
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