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Luke Rockhold is the former and final Strikeforce middleweight champion.

He was most recently expected to fight in the Strikeforce middleweight tournament to decide the number-one contender for the title. Instead, he was set to fight a legend of the sport, Matt Lindland. Echoing Quinton Jackson a few years before, Rockhold said prior to the fight that he was planning to keep Lindland away "because he stinks." Unfortunately about a month before the fight was set to occur, Rockhold was injured. He was replaced by Robbie Lawler.

He was next set to face fellow prospect Tim Kennedy. Instead, Kennedy would face Melvin Manhoef and Rockhold was left without an opponent.

Rockhold next fought for the Strikeforce middleweight title against champion Ronaldo Souza. He defeated Souza via unanimous decision to become the new champion.

Rockhold was next set to make his first defense against Army Ranger Tim Kennedy. Instead, he signed on to defend the title against UFC veteran and middleweight debutant Keith Jardine. Rockhold defeated Jardine via knockout near the end of the first round to retain his title. Rockhold broke his hand in the fight but the injury did not require surgery. Tim Kennedy was heavily rumored to be the next challenger for Rockhold's belt. Rockhold defeated Kennedy via a methodical unanimous decision.

He was next set to defend his title for the third time against Lorenz Larkin on Strikeforce's last event but was unfortunately injured. Rockhold was then confirmed to be making the move to the UFC's stacked middleweight division.

He wasted no time calling out veteran striker Constantinos Philippou for the April Fox show in San Jose. After Vitor Belfort knocked out Michael Bisping, Rockhold ended up calling out Belfort for a fight on Fox in April 2013. The fight was made for April 2013 indeed. Belfort ended up knocking out Rockhold in the first round with a fantastic high-light reel spinning wheel kick.

Rockhold next signed to fight Tim Boetsch. Rockhold was unfortunately injured in September 2013 and replaced by C.B. Dollaway.

After recovering Rockhold signed to fight Constantinos Philippou for January 2014. He defeated the highly touted Philippou via first round liver kick TKO before calling out Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping.

Rockhold wasted little time in signing in February 2014 for another crack at Boetsch.

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