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"[There will be] many more [defenses] to come. I’m not giving it up. I’ll be damned if anybody takes this belt from me. There are quite a few new middleweights in the division now, like Lorenz Larkin and Roger Gracie, but I think ‘Jacare’ is the most likely challenger, as long as he wins [his August bout against Derek Brunson]. Our fight needs closure, and I’d like to have a chance to finish it."
Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold, who turned away Tim Kennedy at last Saturday night's (July 14, 2012) Showtime event in Portland, Oregon, won his 185-pound title by taking it from Ronaldo Souza in a hotly-contested unanimous decision win over "Jacare" last September. Now, with so few challengers to contend for his division strap, Rocky tells Sherdog.com he wants another go-round with the Brazilian submission specialist to prove he's indeed the better man. Any fight fans ready for part two? Or is it time to elevate some other contenders like the recently-victorious Lorenz Larkin and Roger Gracie? More Strikeforce results here.