Luke Rockhold Says He Wants a Shot at Anderson Silva
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.21.2013
Rockhold would like UFC on FOX 7 to be Strikeforce vs. UFC...
Luke Rockhold recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his hopes for a Strikeforce vs. UFC theme at UFC on FOX 7 and more. Check out the highlights:
On wanting to face Silva on the card: "There aren't a lot of fights that make a lot of sense right now. Obviously (Chris) Weidman is injured, and he's out until summer or fall. But Vitor (Belfort) looked pretty good the other night. He turned back the clock and looked like his old self. He's a legend, and I'd be honored to fight the guy. I think that makes a lot of sense."
On the difficulties of getting the fight: "But now Belfort won, and he makes sense. Lombard could be down the line too. Who knows? I just want to fight. Truthfully, Belfort probably makes the most unless they want to do a champion vs. champion fight (with Silva). But I'm game for whatever they want."
On his desire to fight on UFC on FOX 7: "I'd love to fight on that card. I'm from the Bay Area, and there's nothing I'd like more than to make my UFC debut in the Bay Area with all my fans. I'd bring all of Santa Cruz and a lot more. Trust me, we'd pack that place."
On why he feels Strikeforce fighters think they have something to prove: "I mean, how could we not? We've been dealing with it for quite a while now. There are a lot of nuthuggers out there – UFC nuthuggers. I'd like to come in there and make a splash, and just like everyone else, let's represent the name. Personally, with this card and San Jose being the home of Strikeforce, this being a big FOX card, and we just shut down Strikeforce, let's just do an all-UFC-vs.-Strikeforce card. I think that makes a lot of sense and there could be a lot of hype behind that. Then we can really keep score."
On a title shot: "I really don't care. A warmup fight would be nice. I'm not going to lie. Anderson Silva, I'm not sure that would make the most sense right now. My name may not be as big as they want to sell a big pay-per-view like that. But if they want that fight, I'm down to take the fight. I'd take it, no questions asked."