Luke Rockhold To Defend Strikeforce Middleweight Title Against Lorenz Larkin On November 3

July 14, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Luke Rockhold celebrates his win over Tim Kennedy in the middleweight championship fight at MMA Strikeforce at the Rose Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

It had been expected that Luke Rockhold would defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against former champ Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza next. But that is not the way it has played out at all. Rockhold will instead defend against Lorenz Larkin in the co-main event of Strikeforce's November 3rd show in Oklahoma City. MMA Weekly has it:

Luke Rockhold will make his next appearance on Nov 3 in Strikeforce and he now has his opponent confirmed.

Rockhold is expected to face Lorenz Larkin at the upcoming card landing in Oklahoma City in November.

Sources close to the fight confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for the bout, which will co-headline the card featuring the heavyweight main event bout between Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir.

Rockhold (10-1) claimed the title from Jacare one year ago and has defended it twice since then, defeating Keith Jardine and Tim Kennedy. Larkin (13-0, 1 NC) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Robbie Lawler in his middleweight debut.

The main event of the card will see former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir face off with Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier.

SBN coverage of Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir

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