Rockhold: LHWs are vulnerable I want to go on the f@$%in attack
Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold appeared recently on Submission Radio for a candid, wide-ranging interview.
“It’s pretty much sure that I’m going up [to light heavyweight],” he said. “Bisping’s not gonna want the fight. He’s never wanted the fight. He knows what happened last time around, and so he’s gonna run his mouth, he’s gonna talk about it, try to build up his podcast, get his little goons behind him, but realistically he’s been scared of this fight from the start. And the UFC have tried to make it happen, and he danced around it as best he could. They’re sure that they want it still, but they’re sure it’s not gonna happen. So I’ve been informed to move on.”
“I’m over it. I’m ready to move on and to do something that makes sense to me right now, and there’s opportunity at light heavyweight. And the weight cut, it’s taking too much of a toll on me.”
“I think those guys are vulnerable at light heavyweight. I truly do, and I want to go f***in attack. I want to go on the attack. … I don’t think they’re as technical in many ways. I think Alexander [Gustafsson] is one that stands above and beyond most of those guys. But for the most part … it’s not a deep division by any means. Alexander was always one of the true tests at that division and I’ll give him that respect.”
“There’s a lot of interest in the fight [vs. Gustafsson]. He’s a guy that’s been right there, that’s only lost to champions. He’s the top, he’s the cream of the crop in the division. You beat him, you basically are the champion. The only problem is that DC is the champion. So, what? I go fight Alexander Gustafsson when DC is fighting for the heavyweight title? I’m not gonna fight Gustafsson for nothing, and I’m not gonna put myself in the position where it creates a weird moment for me and DC. So, I think it all depends on what happens with this fight with him and Stipe. If that goes forward, yeah, I mean, I’ll fight Gustafsson. But once you beat Gustafsson, if DC’s out – If I beat Gustafsson, I should be the f***ing champion [laughs]. Just realistically. And I mean, if you think about it, he is the man to beat, other than DC. And so the whole division is in a weird space. It’s almost similar to how the middleweight division was. I guess it’s a little tied up at the moment. You kind of have to wait and see to what happens in July.”
“I have a lot of weapons that would work against him. I’m gonna have a lot more weight throwing around. I’m a lot more powerful when I’m up in weight, and I can change the fight in many ways. And I don’t think there’s any way that Gustafsson will want to tangle with me on the ground. I mean, I could go back to my style of pushing guys into a realm where they’re uncomfortable. And when I have the weight to do it I can really dictate the pace of the fight. Sucking all that weight off, it kind of takes away from some of my advantages in the fight. So I can really push the pace of the fight, I can wrestle better, the hits are heavier, I have more power in my hands and feet. There’s a lot things I can attack with Gustafsson. He’s a big body and there’s a lot of ways to attack him.”