Of course fans should be invested in the upcoming scrap between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping, due to their contender status and abilities, but really, it’s been their nasty feud that’s driving the fight’s hype. After all, it wasn’t that long ago when the UFC was looking at booking Lyoto Machida up against Rockhold, but then the UFC decided to switch gears, so that the latter could throw hands with Bisping.
The beef dates way back to Bisping’s public claim that he bested Rockhold in sparring, and according to “The Count”, he apologized for making the comment long ago. Apology or not, it doesn’t sound like Rockhold’s going to be happy until he gets into the cage with Bisping, which may or may not conclude the British fighter’s latest feud.
In advance of their November 8th, UFC Fight Night 55 bout, Bisping spoke to FOX Sports about the upcoming headliner. The bout arrives at a time when Rockhold is coming off consecutive, stoppage wins over Costas Philippou and Tim Boetsch, after he was taken out by Vitor Belfort in May, 2013.
Despite these most recent wins, which seemed to impress most folks throughout the MMA world, Bisping had this to say about Rockhold and his memorable defeat to Belfort:
“It is possible that was the real Luke Rockhold. He came over to the UFC and got knocked out,” Bisping said. “He likes to talk about stopping me inside the first round. I’m like listen mate you need to shut the f–k up talking about first round knockouts. There’s only one of us that’s been finished inside the first round and it ain’t me.
“He came back against Costas Philippou and Tim Boestch and looked good, but I’ve never ranked either of those guys very highly to be honest.”
Well, looks like may Philippou and Boetsch could be calling for a bout with Bisping soon no?
While not everyone is completely sold on Rockhold’s star potential, it is worth noting that the former Strikeforce champ has a win over Tim Kennedy, who decisioned Bisping earlier this year. Rockhold also defeated “Jacare” Souza in 2011, who has stormed his way up the UFC’s middleweight ranks.
All the drama aside, Bisping-Rockhold certainly has the potential to be one of the best fights in the UFC’s upcoming schedule.
UFC FN 55 will be hosted by the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.