Strikeforce fighter Luke Rockhold has announced via facebook that he will be Jesse Taylor’s unannounced opponent at the November 6 “Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Gurgel” event in Fresno California, which will air on Showtime. This comes just a day after MMAFrenzy.com reported that Taylor would be taking part in the event.
Rockhold has competed four previous times under the Strikeforce banner, in his six fight MMA career, having earned first round submission victories in all of his bouts with the promotion. He was last in action at the June “Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg” where he defeated Cory Devela. The lone blemish on his record came against Tony Rubalcava in November, 2007.
Taylor last fought in August, losing to Jay Heiron at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, in his promotional debut. Prior to the August loss Taylor had put together a seven fight win streak following his peruvian neck tie loss to C.B. Dolloway at “UFC: Silva vs. Irvin” in July, 2008, including victories over notables Drew Fickett and Dong Sik Yoon.
With the addition of Taylor vs. Rockhold, the November 6 card now includes:
- Billy Evangelista vs. Jorge Gurgel
- Luke Rockhold vs. Jesse Taylor*
- Ben Holscher vs. TBA
- Casey Olson vs. TBA
- Anthony Ruiz vs. TBA
- Cole Escovedo vs. TBA
- Zoila Frausto vs. TBA
* — Not officially announced.
Pictured: Luke Rockhold