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Strikeforce CEO Coker explains why Larkin, not 'Jacare,' for Rockhold title fight   [View Full Version]
thevoodooninja » Posted 3/7/12 1:43:00PM


Scott Coker usually is rather reserved when it comes to announcing future plans following events that just happened.

But for a change, in San Diego this past month, he wasn't. Both before "Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman" and immediately after the card, the Strikeforce CEO thought it was a pretty safe bet that middleweight champ Luke Rockhold would next face Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

And wouldn't ya know it? The once-in-a-blue-moon time Coker spoke publicly about a future fight's near-certainty, it didn't happen.

Strikeforce earlier this week announced Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF) next will defend his title against Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF), not Souza (16-3 MMA, 6-1 SF), who made quick work of Derek Brunson (9-2 MMA, 3-1 SF) in San Diego with a 41-second TKO.

Prior to Strikeforce's most recent show, Coker told ( that the Souza-Brunson winner was likely to get a title shot – especially if that winner was Souza, who lost his belt to Rockhold one year ago this weekend.

Twenty20Dollars » Posted 6/21/07 4:27:00PM

Because this is Strikeforce and we make decisions that don't make any sense.

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