While Lorenz Larkin may have been calling out Luke Rockhold due to his injury, he has a whole new problem to worry about. That problem comes in the form of former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza who will be taking on the former number one contender Larkin this January. The card aptly named champions is devoid of actual championship bouts beyond Nate Marquardt defending his welterweight title, but they have definitely added intrigue with this bout. If this truly is the swan song of the Strikeforce promotion it will make some very interesting story lines for whoever wins as they potentially enter the UFC.
Larkin hails from Riverside California, and holds an undefeated record of 13-0 (1) since his only loss was overturned after Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal was caught failing his PED test for a steroid. That loss spurred Larkin to drop down to 185, and the results could not have been better. He now has better speed, cardio, and technique which he showed off in a decision win over veteran brawler Robbie Lawler. Larkin was supposed to take on the champion Luke Rockhold for the title, but an injury took him off the card. I am sure he can make do with the former champion.
Jacare Souza is a world class grappler that once went to a draw with former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion Randy Couture in a submission only match. Outside of his loss in his first MMA bout, Souza has been near unstoppable going 16-2-0-1 with his only losses coming to other champions in Gegard Mousasi and the aforementioned Luke Rockhold. He owns 12 finishes by submission, and has been working on his hands diligently, picking up his first KO win in his last bout over Derek Brunson. If he can be the first to beat and finish Larkin he will have a big fight coming to him when he enters the octagon.