Rockhold warns GSP, and wants move to 205 if DC retires
Former Strikeforce and UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold fought Saturday night for the first time since losing his title over a year ago to Michael Bisping at Michael Bisping at UFC 199. Rockhold looked flat in the first round vs. David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116, but showed his dominance in the second, forcing a rare tap via strikes.
Afterward, the 32-year-old warned GSP off the division and said that he would move up to 205 if AKA teammate UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier retired.
“The weight cut was pretty good, let my body adjust to that,” said Rockhold on the UFC post-fight show, as transcribed by Damon Martin for MMA Weekly. “This weight won’t happen forever. Maybe DC will find retirement soon, I’ll have to move up and take on the next division.”
“Trust me, it’s getting a little tired of these weight cuts and I feel much better at 205. I feel like I can do very well, but I’ve still got some business here. I’m going to handle my business first.
“We’ll see. Like I said, I’m not going anywhere until D.C. moves up or moves out. I’ve got business here first.”
Rockhold’s immediate business at hand is a rematch with Michael Bisping for the title. ‘The Count’ defends his title vs. welterweight G.O.A.T. Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 on November 4.
“Now I’m coming for that belt,” said Rockhold, as transcribed by Nick Baldwin for BE. “GSP, I don’t know what I need to do; you want me to beat some sense into you? You don’t belong here. You’re gonna get crushed. Better back out; get out of this thing while you still can. This is my fight.”
“I’m ready to go. I got no injuries. I’ll be ready for November. Don’t embarrass yourself, GSP. Just back out. Let me take this thing. It’s my fight.”