During today’s Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Cormier media conference call, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed that the promotion’s middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will be making his next title defense against Tim Kennedy at the next Strikeforce event, which will take place this summer in Portland.
In addition to Rockhold vs. Kennedy, the promotion announced two middleweight contests that have scheduled for the card: Robbie Lawler vs Lorenz Larkin, and Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine.
Coker said nothing of Nate Marquardt vs. Tyron Woodley, a fight for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title which has been rumored for the event.
The 27-year-old Rockhold won the title from Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza last year and defended at the beginning of this one with a TKO of Keith Jardine. 9-1 as a pro, Rockhold has not been defeated in eight fights. Tim Kennedy was beaten by Jacare in a fight for the vacant Strikeforce title in 2010, but has gone on a two-fight run since, defeating both Melvin Manhoef and Robbie Lawler.
What will be Strikeforce’s forty-first event is scheduled to go down on July 14 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.