Luke Rockhold has opened up about moving up from middleweight to light heavyweight for his next showdown.
Even before he suffered a brutal knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 221, Rockhold had designs on moving up as he doesn’t see much left at 185 pounds. Luke claimed that his cut to middleweight isn’t getting any easier and expects to move to 205 lbs now, especially with Daniel Cormier, his longtime teammate, close to retirement. Daniel Cormier, the UFC light heavyweight champion, is moving up to heavyweight for a super fight with champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas.
After this loss, Luke Rockhold called out by former two-time light heavyweight title contender Alexander Gustafsson, who lost to Rockhold’s teammate Daniel Cormier at 2015’s UFC 192. Gustafsson originally was seeking a light heavyweight title shot against Daniel Cormier, but when “DC” took a UFC 226 showdown, he shifts his focus toward Rockhold.
A few weeks later, Rockhold responded to ‘The Mauler’s call out, saying he’s “coming for that ass.”
On Friday, the two-time title challenger eagerly took to social media to share his thoughts on that:
@LukeRockhold . Heard u coming for me.. Can’t ask for more .chinny as middle weight. KO’d as a LHW. Fool yourself to believe its the weight cut.
I’ll wait for u!!
Gustafsson has won two straight and most recently beat Glover Teixeira via fifth-round knockout at UFC Stockholm last May.
A debut at light heavyweight against Gustafsson makes a lot of sense since champion Cormier is busy preparing for a super fight.
Do you think Gustafson makes the best opponent for Luke Rockhold’s light heavyweight debut?