Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has been entangled in a dispute with the promotion’s matchmakers, which has fogged the middleweight division dating back to Michael Bisping’s days as champion. The biggest upset in MMA history when Bisping stopped Rockhold via KO at UFC 199 to win the middleweight title.
Another unexpected upset few months back, when former longtime welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre returned to the octagon after four years of hiatus and choked out Michael Bisping to win the middleweight title at UFC 217. As GSP is unsure about his future plan to stay at middleweight division or move on. Who is currently battling colitis, which will sideline GSP — and the title — for “a minute.”
Rockhold said I shouldn’t be blamed for any of these events as Bisping lost his title to GSP, Speaking at the Monday’s episode of MMA Hour.
“Don’t put this on me for Bisping getting away with what he got away with,” Rockhold said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “He should have fought Jacare first, then he should have fought Yoel second. He avoided everybody. Now we’re just, for letting him do what he did, he avoided everyone, now we’re digging ourselves deeper and I’m over it.”
As for offering him Romero — who is coming off a loss to Whittaker — Rockhold doesn’t understand it, said that matchup is just further proof the promotion has lost its way.
Lukehold sounds off on Promotions that they are emphasizing on making their brand rather should investing in fighters to build them.
“I can’t understand what their thought process is these days,” Rockhold said. “They obviously don’t have a clear understanding of what they’re doing. They’re not following the recipe that has built this company. I don’t know, man. You invest in the fighters. Invest in the fighters.”
“No offense, but your investment is into Dana White,” Rockhold continued. “Dana White is not selling pay-per-views. Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight, Dana White Contender Series. Invest in the fighters and you’ll solve your problems. You’ll hit your marks. You’ll sell your pay-per-views. You’ll do your thing. Get it straight.”
Former champ Luke hold is frustrated with this whole process and still waiting who he will fight next.
“There’s no structure, there’s no rhyme or reason to who gets title shot. Nate Diaz is my guy but the fact that they were even negotiating Nate Diaz for a welterweight title shot? It’s disrespectful to everybody in the f*cking division. These guys are, we work our asses off to get where we are, and it’s pissing me off. It’s losing its integrity and it needs to get back with its roots.”