Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bobby Green scratches; replacement sought for 'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine'


Lightweight Bobby Green (17-5 MMA, 2-1 SF) has been forced out of a lightweight bout with Alonzo Martinez (35-15-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) at next week's "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" event.

Sources close to the event today told ( that Green suffered an undisclosed injury. Officials are searching for a replacement.

"Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" takes place Jan. 7 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The night's main card airs on Showtime, and Green vs. Martinez was one of four preliminary-card fights slated to air on Showtime Extreme.

Green was looking for his third straight win under the Strikeforce banner. After a close split-decision defeat to notable Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante in his July promotional debut, he's since rebounded for submission victories over Charon Spain and J.P. Reese on Strikeforce Challengers cards. He's now 3-1 over his past four fights and 6-2 over his past eight. Fifteen of his 17 career wins have come via stoppage.

The latest "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" card includes:

MAIN CARD (Showtime)
  • Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine
  • Adlan Amagov vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Lorenz Larkin vs. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal
  • Jordan Mein vs. Tyron Woodley
  • Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson

PRELIMINARY CARD (Showtime Extreme)
  • Alonzo Martinez vs. TBA
  • Nah-Shon Burrell vs. James Terry
  • Trevor Smith vs. Gian Villante
  • Ricky Legere vs. Chris Spang