Luke Rockhold Says Vitor Belfort’s Upcoming Title Shot is a Joke – Calls Belfort Frail
Posted by Larry Csonka on 07.30.2014
He also thinks Belfort will get hurt if he is clean…
- Luke Rockhold recently spoke about Vitor Belfort's upcoming title shot, alleged PED usage and more. Here are the highlights…
On Belfort Not Making The Weidman Fight: "I just don't think Vitor is going to make it to the fight (with Chris Weidman at UFC 181)," he said. "So I'm going to be ready. If he's clean and healthy, he'll probably get injured," Rockhold said. "His body will fall apart; it's too frail. He's been doing this s–t for too long. And if he realizes he can't compete off of it, he's probably going to try to slip something in and he's going to get popped with a test. So I just think that someway or another, he's going to fall out. So I'm just going to be ready."
On Belfort's Title Shot Being a Joke: "I'm not a fan of steroid use in MMA," Rockhold said. "This isn't a game; this is hand-to-hand combat. We're not hitting balls; we're not racing bikes. We could possibly kill each other, and for guys to be chemically enhanced on PEDs, it's not right. Yeah, (the NSAC was too easy on him). You get guys like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong, and these guys get erased from the record books and never come back to the sport. They're gone; they're forgotten. Then you got guys like Vitor Belfort that get slapped on the wrist and rewarded with a title shot. It's a joke in my mind. He got caught early for steroids in Nevada, got popped after this whole stint in Brazil. I owned up, I took my loss, no excuses. But then he comes back, and the one time he tries to fight in the States, he fails the test. That right there, I've got no respect from him."
On Belfort's Alleged PED Use: "I knew who he was way before (I fought him in Brazil)," Rockhold said. "I knew when he was 18 and came in as a heavyweight in the UFC. The guy's been…it's obvious. Anybody who knows the sport and understands it, they know what he's been doing his whole career, from the start."