One of the dark clouds looming over Strikeforce at the moment relates to the organization’s number of vacant titles. Specifically, the company lacks both light heavyweight and welterweight champion after Alistair Overeem and Nick Diaz departed for the UFC.

Fortunately, the promotion appears to be moving closer and closer towards determining the two men who will fill those roles at this weekend’s event thanks to a 205-pound tussle between former champ Mo Lawal and undefeated up-and-comer Lorenz Larkin, as well as fellow unbeaten blue-chipper Tyron Woodley taking on streaking Canadian youngster Jordan Mein. Thanks to those two bouts Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker feels confident every belt will have an owner by summer 2012, a point he recently expressed at a pre-fight presser related to tomorrow night’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine event.

“I think by mid-year, we’ll have all titles pretty much filled in Strikeforce’s vacant divisions,” explained Coker while stating he would sit down after this weekend with matchmaker Sean Shelby to map things out fully.

See how Woodley-Mein and Lawal-Larkin unfold when things start up on Showtime at 10:00 PM EST with prelims on Showtime Extreme on 8:00 PM EST.


MMATraining Take: Seeing is believing. If Lawal wins, then leaves Strikeforce when his contract expires, the company is back to square one as far as working out that title’s future. The same is true if Woodley loses since he’s the clear front-runner and only real remaining star at 170. Truly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t crown champs considering there are only seven guaranteed shows left after tomorrow night’s.