We’ve called it a bug. Then a curse. Now it’s full on Black Death. The Great Injury Plague has struck again, this time taking out Luke Rockhold from his November 3rd title defense against Lorenz Larkin. Rockhold told MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani that he hurt his wrist in training and is out.
It’s not yet known if this tosses the entire show in the crapper, but considering the main event was blown when Frank Mir was forced out with an injury and Daniel Cormier has yet to receive a replacement opponent, I think we can go out on a limb here and say the card is in serious peril. After canceling last month’s show due to Gilbert Melendez’s injury, this is horrific news for the promotion.
Two canceled events in a row would probably send Strikeforce to the bone yard for good. They can probably still go ahead with the event if they can find a suitable opponent for Cormier. The rumor mill says they’re looking at Pat Barry, but no official announcement has been made, and with less than a month to go they best get hopping.
Strikeforce will likely not be around much longer regardless. They’ve been dying a slow, agonizing death since being bought out by Zuffa. The Showtime deal ends this year, and the UFC has poached all their top draws. They’ve been operating with such a skeleton crew roster that it doesn’t even allow them the option of calling up a semi-retired fighter/commentator to step in and save the day. The UFC has to find an “old-school” guy who’s willing to go up against Cormier on short notice and get his shit pushed in, not a very appealing option for anyone.