Luke Rockhold has never been someone who’s afraid to speak his mind, and evidently, not even when he’s appearing on the UFC’s broadcasting partner.
Rockhold was a guest on the latest “UFC Tonight‘ Wednesday, which airs on FOX Sports 1. As you likely know, FOX Sports is the promotion’s television partner in the U.S. Well, during the interview, Rockhold was asked to weigh-in on the state of the UFC’s middleweight division, which was delivered a jolt recently, with the news that Michael Bisping will face Georges St-Pierre next. Here is some of what Rockhold had to say (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“It’s chaos. I think they’re running down a slippery slope. Things could get out of hand. Georges isn’t going to fight anybody at the top of the division if he wins and Bisping could be in the same boat. I’m bummed they took this route. It’s taking away from the sport. It’s about the top guys fighting each other. This isn’t WWE. This is fighting. When you see it, it makes you question a lot of things.”
Now, Rockhold had already relayed previously that he doesn’t agree with the UFC giving GSP a title shot, and allowing him to leap over the other contenders at 185. But, to see him make these comments on FS 1 is pretty interesting. Sometimes we do see fighters put the brakes on criticizing the UFC too harshly, when they’re on a big, mainstream platform.
Rockhold was also asked for an update on his own situation, following his withdrawal from a bout last November with “Jacare” Souza. The former champ said this:
“I’ve been chasing some paychecks. Modeling. I don’t discriminate against paychecks. I’ve got to pay the bills. Injuries are tough. I tore my ACL 50 percent in my left leg. I can’t kick. I’m not going to fight without my left leg, which is my best weapon.”
The AKA fighter hasn’t competed since last June now, when he lost the title to Bisping via first round, KO.