After last night’s Strikeforce: Rockhold Vs Kennedy event we take a look at what could come next for the event’s main card winners.
At last night’s post-fight press conference Rockhold made it clear he wants a rematch with the man he defeated to earn the belt, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza.
Truth be told there aren’t too many other options out there for him with the likes of Gracie and Larkin who also fought on last night’s card needing more time to settle in the division before competing for the title.
If he does get Jacare again and defeats him then he desperately needs to be brought over to the UFC in order to continue to be challenged as a fighter.
An equal parts brutal and impressive piece of finishing from Nate Marquardt last night indicates that he’s still a a major player in the fight world, but he might struggle to find an opponent worth fighting next in the threadbare Strikeforce 170lb division.
Tarec Saffiedine perhaps makes the most sense now as he’s on a two-fight win streak which includes wins over Scott Smith and Tyler Stinson, putting him 5-1 in Strikeforce competition overall.
Jason High marked his strikeforce debut with a quick submission win over Nate Moore and with the former UFC and DREAM fighter now being on a seven fight win streak he could have been an ok match-up for Marquardt.
However, for some strange reason High’s prelim fight wasn’t even featured on the Strikeforce Extreme broadcast, instead being the only bout of the night to go unaired so that’s no way to set up a potential title fight.
Roger Gracie / Lorenz Larkin:
The other two main card winners, Roger Gracie and Lorenz Larkin, just happen to have both made their middleweight debuts after dropping down from the light-heavyweight division.
With that in mind it seems like an obvious choice to pair them up against each other next as they attempt to get a second win under their belts and move into the title reckoning at 185lbs.