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Ronaldo Souza Vs. Lorenz Larkin Booked For Strikeforce: Champions

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has agreed to step in and replace current Strikeforce 185-pound champion Luke Rockhold and face Lorenz Larkin.

Strikeforce officials announced the bout on Thursday for January’s Strikeforce: Champions card. The event takes place from Oklahoma City.

Souza (16-3) has won two straight since dropping the belt to Rockhold. He had been rumored as the next likely contender, but that status went to Larkin (13-0).

“The Monsoon” has been very outspoken towards Rockhold after word came out the champion would not make his scheduled appearance due to a wrist injury. Larkin earned a win in his middleweight debut earlier this year, topping Robbie Lawler.

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