Luke Rockhold is Officially Off the January Strikeforce Card


The injury plague that hit Strikeforce doesn't seem to stop. As they prepare to host their final show, Luke Rockhold (10-1) has been reportedly injured and unable to defend his middleweight championship.

The MMA Corner reports that Rockhold has suffered a wrist injury and been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight with Lorenz Larkin (13-0-1 NC) on January 12. It is unknown if it is the same wrist injury that caused Rockhold to miss the last Strikeforce event.

Earlier in the month, it was reported that lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (21-2) was still injured and unable to defend his title. Strikeforce has yet to comment on the status of either fighter.

An injury by Melendez forced Strikeforce to cancel their September show. Rockhold's injury and being unable to find a replacement fighter for Daniel Cormier (10-1) led the November show to be cancelled. Those shows were to be the final ones of 2012.

Strikeforce has planned a huge show in January to make up for their recent cancellations and leave on a high note. They are rumored to cease operations after the show and the UFC will absorb part of their roster.

Strikeforce: Champions is set for January 12 from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

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