Luke Rockhold won't move to light heavyweight until UFC offers 'something sexy'

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  1. KazDibiase

    KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been teasing a change in weight class for some time, but the scenario became real following his knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 221 in February. The UFC was discussing a matchup against Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) at UFC 227 this month, but it failed to materialize due to Rockhold’s gruesome leg injury.

    Now, Rockhold appears on the cusp of being booked against Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) in a 185-pound bout at November’s UFC 230 event in New York. He didn’t rule out the possibility of moving up after that, but with friend and American Kickboxing Academy teammate Daniel Cormier holding the title at light heavyweight, the situation becomes complicated.

    If Rockhold, 33, does goes up, though, he said the UFC brass must make it worth his while.

    “I like the light heavyweight division – I think it’s for the taking,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie. “‘DC,’ the complication with him – he’s tossing and turning. I just want the thing to really solidify itself and iron it out. I want a matchup – I want a sexy matchup, and I want to get up there and I want to do some damage, and I want it to mean something. I don’t want to have to fight the best guy in the division in Alexander Gustafsson and have to backtrack if ‘DC’ doesn’t fight and I have to fight someone else lower – what’s the (expletive) point?

    “I want it to mean something, and for me, everything is open right now. I don’t need to rush anything. Everything is open right now. I don’t need to rush anything. This is good. They’ve got to give me something sexy and entice me with something good. Nothing’s official.”

    Rockhold made it clear he doesn’t feel any urgency to step back in the octagon. He said he has many ventures outside the cage which keep him financially stable, and although his passion for the sport is still strong, Rockhold said he’s aware of his worth.

    “I’m nowhere near done fighting,” Rockhold said. “But it’s got to make sense. I’m not going to take off time and lose money to go fight. I love what I do, and I know I have a lot more to give in this sport. But these people need to get their contracts straight. They need to get their priorities straight with what they want and where they want to go. I know what I want. Everything is good. I’m not going to (expletive) lose money fighting. I’m doing very well outside the cage.”

    Currently, Rockhold said he’s waiting to finalize the deal to rematch Weidman, who he beat at UFC 194 in December 2015. Whether it’s his final fight at middleweight or not remains to be seen, but Rockhold made no secret that he will end up at 205 pounds eventually. It doesn’t come down entirely to him, though, because he admits Cormier’s career path has a great influence over his.

    “I know I’m a lot better fighter at 205 and I could do a lot of damage,” Rockhold said. “There’s a certain amount of respect, and ‘DC’ is my brother. We came from the (expletive) very beginning together. I’m not going to step on his toes. I’m going to let him close out the way he wants to. I’ve got plenty of time. I’m training, I’m healthy, getting healthy – I’m nearly there. We’ll see what’s up. Madison Square Garden is very appealing. I like that stage – I’ve always wanted to fight there. I’ve got to get the right matchup and we’ll see what comes to be.”

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    So basically he's blaming his bruh DC for his decision to stay at Middleweight.
     
  4. suhdude

    suhdude Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Rockhold vs Akiyama

    Book it Dana
     
  5. Portland8242

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    I actually thought it was one of his better interviews. Didn't demonstrate the personality of a fucking turnip for once.
     
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    Dbreiden83080 Danger Zone

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    Can they cut him already??
     
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    205 Yoel.

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    Please.
     
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    I like Rockhold but i think LHW is not a place he wants to be. He is hittable and i just see him getting brutally knocked out by most of the top ten.. as weak as it is.
     
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    Rockhold vs Gastelum at MW aaaand go.

    Rockhold vs Gus at LHW aaaaaand go.
     
  11. Mixedfights

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    He's already agreed to fight the Chris.
     
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    Sounds like he wants Paulo Costa next.
     
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    He has a chance to beat most of the 205 top 10, I think guys like Gus and Volkan beat him tho
     
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    Dammit Luke all you had to do was keep your distance and use kicks/wrestling against Bisping.
     
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    It’s so cute that he thinks people give a shit.

    I won’t fight unless...

    I won’t go up to lhw until....

    No one seems to care. I feel bad for the guy as he clearly doesn’t understand that he is his biggest fan and the world, by and large, is indifferent towards him.

    Bisping rattled a few things loose when he koed luke.
     
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    Threesome with Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson?
     
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    Sounds like he wants a piece of DC.
     
  18. Axefan4life

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    Considering the tail Salthold gets "something sexy" might be kinda hard to find as far as his salty standards are concerned.

    Seriously wtf dude, even in victory dudes salty as fuck. "GSP you don't belong here, you're gonna get hurt", GSP proceeds to finish Bisping, the guy who KO'ed Luke, and left him forever salty cause he isn't getting any rematch.

    Not sure how he'd do at 205, might help him fighting a bit slower guys, but then there's the extra power at 205 and Salty doesn't have the best chin. I think Gus beats him up for sure though. Not sure about Volkans grappling but i could see him KOing him as well.
     
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    Pure savagery. And also you think Luke would have learned to keep his frigging hands up by now
     
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