Shortly after Strikeforce cancelled a second straight show, CEO Scott Coker promised fans a stacked lineup in January in hopes of making it up to the disappointed masses, and, assuming past reports are true, to go out on a high note before the company folds. Unfortunately, it appears the organization has continued to run into the same misfortune forcing them to scrap the earlier efforts, leaving the upcoming card in jeopardy as well.
According to a report from The MMA Corner, middleweight champ Luke Rockhold has withdrawn from bout against Lorenz Larkin after injuring his wrist while training for the tilt. Though not officially announced, Rockhold’s removal from the card would mark the second Strikeforce champion to pull out of a planned pairing, as lightweight Gilbert Melendez has also been scratched from his showdown with Pat Healy.
As it stands, the January 12 event is expected to feature a title-fight between welterweight king Nate Marquardt and challenger Tarec Saffiedine with other match-ups on tap including Mike Kyle-Gegard Mousasi, Ryan Couture-K.J. Noons, and Daniel Cormier-Dion Staring.
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