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November 27,2012 Champ Rockhold calls Larkin attack ‘pretty amateur,’ eyes early 2013 for return Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold today told that he never signed a bout agreement to fight Lorenz Larkin and never intended to fight at the promotion's final event.

When officials announced the Jan. 12 event in early November, Rockhold said he informed them a wrist injury lingered and that he was unable to fight.

That's why he's particularly irritated by a series of verbal attacks from Lorenz Larkin regarding his willingness to compete.
November 26,2012 Video: Strikeforce’s Larkin lashes out at Rockhold’s withdrawal, questions UFC timing Lorenz Larkin said injuries could excuse him from Strikeforce's final card.

The middleweight today told Radio he's accumulated all the bumps and bruises that come with four months of training.

Yet Larkin wouldn't think of bowing out like his opponent did. He said he needs to fight every five months, or he creates problems for his girlfriend and everyone else around.
November 26,2012 Jesse Ronson guns for UFC contract following weekend win over Ryan Healy Sore hands and feet are Jesse Ronson's only career roadblocks at this moment.

Ronson believes a recent victory over fellow lightweight Ryan Healy proves he's capable of joining his well-known teammates in the UFC.

"I would like for this fight to put me on the next level, but we'll see how it goes," he told
November 26,2012 Former WEC announcer Joe Martinez tapped for octagon debut at UFC on FX 6 Former WEC announcer Joe Martinez will soon make his octagon debut.

Martinez recently revealed to that he has been hired for in-cage duties at next month's UFC on FX 6 event, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 15 in Australia but due to the time difference airs live in the U.S. on Friday night.

Promotion mainstay Bruce Buffer is set for his familiar announcing role that same weekend at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
November 26,2012 UFC on FOX 5’s FX-televised prelims add Easton-Assuncao and Siver-Phan Two fights have joined FX's super-sized preliminary-card broadcast for next week's UFC on FOX 5 event at Seattle's KeyArena.

FX now airs six fights, not the usual four, prior to the Dec. 8's main-card broadcast on FOX.

The bouts include bantamweights Mike Easton vs. Raphael Assuncao and featherweights Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan.
November 26,2012 Retired Nick Denis did his homework, and then he did what few UFC fighters can It started in Tokyo. The second round of World Victory Road's Sengoku featherweight grand prix in 2009, Marlon Sandro coming at him with what looked like an overhand right.

Nick Denis lifted his arm to block it.

"But instead of an overhand right, he threw a right uppercut," Denis told "The last thing I remember was seeing his fist coming toward my face and thinking, oh s---."
November 26,2012 UFC’s Chael Sonnen and Molly Qerim again host World MMA Awards ceremony For the second straight year, UFC fighter Chael Sonnen will serve as host of Fighters Only's World MMA Awards.

Sonnen has again has been paired up with CBS Sports Network/NFL Network anchor Molly Qerim.

The duo hosts the 2012 World MMA Awards official ceremony, which is a black-tie ceremony held Jan. 11 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
November 26,2012 Bellator announces championship-rematch clause with move to Spike TV While fighters will continue to control their destiny in the Bellator cage, chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney has given himself some wiggle room.

The fight executive today announced a new championship-rematch clause that will go into effect with the organization's upcoming move to Spike TV.

When "called for," Rebney will have the option to book title-fight rematches.
November 26,2012 Women’s MMA Report: Invicta FC and Jewels announce 115-pound title fights Invicta Fighting Championships is set to crown its second champion on Jan. 5 with 115-pounders Claudia "Claudinha" Gadelha vs. Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza.

Additionally, Japan's Jewels promotion will feature a title fight three weeks prior with strawweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Emi "Kamikaze Angel" Fujino.

In our latest Women's MMA Report,'s Robert Sargent looks at both cards and discusses other news and notes from the world's top female fighters.