Luke Rockhold is the latest top fighter to be hit by the injury bug.
The Strikeforce middleweight champion has pulled out of his upcoming fight against Lorenz Larkin because of a wrist injury, sources close to the event told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
Rockhold becomes the second big name to drop off the card scheduled for Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Frank Mir dropped out of his anticipated fight against Daniel Cormier because of an injury last month.
Are they cancelling this card? Is that why they haven't announced a replacement for Cormier?
I'm pretty much numb to this kind of news at this point...
If they seriously end up cancelling two Strikeforce cards in a row, could this mean the inevitable end of Strikeforce?
I was wondering the same thing about the end of Strikeforce. They have a tough time drawing fans to the venue and getting cable viewership. But considering that Zuffa foots the bill for producing the events, they have no motive for relieving Zuffa of their obligation to put on shows.
But damn if this doesn't feel like a breaking point.
They really need to revamp the Strikeforce name and make it a place for up and coming fighters and/or a place for the fighters who aren't currently making the grade in the UFC. Just wasting some good fighters by having them stick around with no real viable fights for them.
They could use a tournament format similar to Bellator with the winner moving on to the UFC.