Things are going pretty, pretty well in the career of Luke Rockhold these days, and if that continues, the middleweight contender could see a day where he moves to light-heavyweight…
The well rounded fighter is coming off a one sided, submission win over Lyoto Machida in April, and has moved into the #1 contender position at 185. As a result, the consensus seems to be that Rockhold will be tapped to fight middleweight champ Chris Weidman, later this year.
Rockhold, as you’ve probably noticed, is very big middleweight, and when when he appeared on Kenny Florian and Jon Anik’s podcast recently, he was asked about the possibility of fighting at light-heavyweight. According to a follow up report from MMA Mania.com, here is some of what the 30 year-old had to say:
“If I’m going to 205, it’s going to be nothing except to challenge for the title. I’m not going up for any fights in between. I would definitely be… I mean I have a lot of work to do here at 185. But as long as I have the belt there and the belt’s on the line at 205, I’d be happy to move up and take that shot.”
That’s an interesting thought no? After all, we’re talking about going up 20 pounds in weight, and facing guys who cut from the 220 range. Rockhold vs. Jones? Who wouldn’t want to see that.
Now of course, as Rockhold noted, he still has lots to do at 185, and further, his buddy Daniel Cormier currently holds the light-heavyweight belt, so all this talk is purely hypothetical.
In the meantime, it remains to be seen if and when Weidman-Rockhold is going to get booked. When asked about the championship fight that most people believe will be announced sooner or later, Rockhold stated:
“Things are looking hopeful but I can’t read their minds. But I know they believe in me, I know that I’m gonna get my shot. I think it’s just a matter of when and where.”
Yup. That’s certainly the way it’s looking. Rockhold is riding a four fight winning streak and has finished all of his opponents since he was stopped by Vitor Belfort in 2013.