Luke Rockhold Still Wants A Fight With Michael Bisping
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.26.2014
When he's done at UFC 172...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Luke Rockhold (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) said that he wants a fight with Michael Bisping (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) once the two are finished with their next opponents. Rockhold will fight Tim Boetsch (17-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) at UFC 172 on April 26 while Bisping fights Tim Kennedy (17-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at the TUF Nations finale on April 16.
On still wanting a fight with Bisping: "I still want Bisping, of course. I want both (Bisping and Vitor Belfort). I'm not one to talk s–t unless it's warranted, and Bisping went out of his way to make some false statements on national TV, so that gets under my skin, and I will keep talking until I get that fight."
On how he'll get the fight: "My gut says I'll get it if he can get past Kennedy. Can he beat Kennedy? Truthfully, I've trained with Bisping and I fought Kennedy, and I think Kennedy is probably going to beat him. I want Bisping to win because I want to beat his ass, but Kennedy is just too tenacious. He's going to stick to his game plan. He's going to wrestle him and take him down. Bisping's tough enough to where I think he can get up and not make it a dominant fight, but I think Kennedy's tenaciousness will get to him. I think it will be a boring fight, but I think Kennedy will come out with the decision."
On a run-in in Las Vegas: "He doesn't really want to say anything. That was it for me. Say you're sorry. You had your opportunity, face-to-face, in the first time I'd seen him. He just kind of walked by me and didn't say anything. Then he saw my friend in the parking lot and he's like, ‘I hope Luke's not still pissed about what I said.' You had the opportunity to say it to my face and you didn't. Apologize. Be a man, and when he couldn't spit that out, pretty much that's it for me. If you give me a sincere apology and you tell me face-to-face, I'll respect you. But I just can't respect someone who's going to (tell) a second-hand apology through a friend in the parking lot. It doesn't fly. He's going to pay for his comments. If he somehow scrapes by and outpoints Kennedy, he's going to be in for it because he will not have the opportunity with me. I will lay it on him."