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Monday, Oct 08, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” With Rockhold Out, Strikeforce Future Looks Even More Shaky

Luke Rockhold (photo via Esther Lin / Showtime)

By Joshua Molina

Injuries continue to KO mixed martial arts.

Now Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold is off the Nov. 3 show against Lorenz Larkin.

First Frank Mir got injured, destroying his main event matchup against Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier.

Rockhold is one of the sport’s biggest rising stars. MMA needs this guy in the cage and on TV as much as possible. He exemplifies what a modern mixed martial arts fighter should be — well-rounded, diverse, charismatic, young and hungry.

Fellow Strikeforce superstar Gilbert Melendez separated his shoulder last month forcing the cancelation of his fight agains Pat Healy. Without Melendez, Showtime canceled the entire show.

The Nov. 3 show is scheduled. Maybe the UFC could move the boring, but skilled Tim Kennedy into the main event slot against Larkin.

Still no word on who Cormier will face, just a month before the show.

Give Brett Rogers credit for fighting with a broken arm. Many fighters would have quit, but Rogers knows he can’t afford to keep losing. He finished the fight and avoided getting knocked out by Alexander Volkov, even though he was nearly defenseless.

A little advice to Brett for his next fight: Don’t come out slow. Rush your opponent and start throwing punches. When you are 6 foot 5, and 265 pounds, you need to let your hands loose. Early and often.

Looks like Dana White is getting ready to raid Strikeforce of even more talent. White is interested in a Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg match, as the first UFC women’s match. Don’t be surprised to see White turn the next season of The Ultimate Fighter show into a Rousey vs. Cyborg cast, culminating with the two women battling on Pay Per View.

posted by JoshuaM @ 5:38 pm
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