Luke Rockhold hasn’t fought now in over a year, and when he does return to the Octagon, the former middleweight champ doesn’t want to be fighting “some chump”…
The last time Rockhold fought was at UFC 199, which went down on June 4th last year. As you likely recall, the dynamic fighter was taken out by Michael Bisping in the first round, and Rockhold’s reign as the 185 champ ended as a result. Rockhold was booked to fight fellow contender “Jacare” Souza last November, but a knee injury sent the AKA fighter to the sidelines.
Well, in the meantime, Rockhold has remained in the headlines, as the former champ was a vocal critic of the UFC’s initial plans to have Bisping fight Georges St-Pierre. In addition, Rockhold had a highly publicized back-and-forth with UFC boss man, Dana White. More recently, Rockhold spoke with MMA Fighting, and the 32 year-old had this to say about his return to the cage, and the state of the middleweight division:
“I’m not coming back after all this time and fighting some chump on a worthless card,” Rockhold said. “I’m coming back in style and making some noise.”
“The division is f–ked,” Rockhold added. “No interesting fights.”
Now, considering Rockhold’s abilities and what he’s accomplished in the UFC, there’s no question he should be booked for a high stakes, pivotal fight. Is the division really effed as he claims?
That depends. It looks like the UFC is no longer planning on having Bisping fight GSP, so that should make the top contenders happy. Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero are fighting on July 8th for an interim belt, so the winner will move on to fight Bisping.
In the meantime, if the UFC can re-sign Gegard Mousai, then a bout with Rockhold makes a ton of sense right? Rockhold has also expressed an interest in fighting Anderson Silva, and that’s a fight a lot of folks would like to see as well.