Moments after stopping veteran competitor Keith Jardine at this past weekend’s Strikeforce event, middleweight champion Luke Rockhold was asked who he hoped his next opponent would be. Rockhold went on to explain he wanted to face one of the UFC’s middleweights in hopes of testing himself against a “Top 10” adversary. While it’s unknown whether or not he’ll get his wish, one thing is certain – Rockhold’s next appearance in the cage may not take place until summertime depending on how severe an undisclosed injury to his right hand is.
Rockhold’s name was among four fighters from the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine lineup listed on the NSAC’s list of medical suspensions with a July date attached to their possible recovery time. While nothing specific was mentioned as far as what might have happened to his hand, some light was left at the end of the tunnel as Rockhold can be cleared by a doctor at an earlier time.
Read below for a complete list of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine medical suspensions:
Alonzo Martinez: Suspended until 2/22 with no contact until 2/7 due to a bridge-of-nose laceration
Estevan Payan: Suspended until 2/7 with no contact until 1/29 due to a right-eye laceration
Trevor Smith: Suspended until 1/29 with no contact until 1/22 for precautionary reasons
James Terry: Suspended until 7/6 due to shoulder injuries, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early
Tyler Stinson: Suspended until 7/6 due to left-thumb and right-knee injuries, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, suspended until 2/22 with no contact until 2/7 due to a right-eye laceration
Tarec Saffiedine: Suspended until 7/6 due to a left-elbow injury, though a doctor (with an MRI and X-rays) can clear him early; regardless, suspended until 1/22 with no contact until 2/7 due to a left-eye laceration
Lorenz Larkin: Suspended until 2/7 with no contact until 1/29 for precautionary reasons
Adlan Amigov: Suspended until 2/7 with no contact until 1/29 for precautionary reasons
Keith Jardine: Suspended until 3/8 with no contact until 2/22 for precautionary reasons
Luke Rockhold: Suspended until 7/6 due to a right-hand injury, though a doctor can clear him early
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