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Monday, 07/29/2013, 11:51 am

Luke Rockhold Discusses Possible Boetsch Fight Next, Eventually Wants Bisping

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| UFC Middleweight and former Strikeforce Champion Luke Rockhold recently talked with MMA Underground’s Jack Brown about many of the topics currently swirling around his career. He touched on his most recent loss to Vitor Belfort, what he learned from that experience, and what the fans can expect from him next inside the UFC octagon.

Rockhold, despite the knock-out loss to Belfort in Brazil, is still a top contender in the UFC middleweight division and could spell trouble for many of the fighters in the middleweight stables, including a rumored matchup with Tim Boetsch. Rockhold, although he admitted that Boetsch may be his next fight, expressed a desire to eventually scrap with “The Count” Michael Bisping. Here is what Rockhold had to say to MMA Underground:

 I want a top fighter, whatever makes sense.  They like to match up guys coming off losses with other guys coming off losses.  Tim Boetsch is a top-ten opponent coming off a loss.  I can’t think of anyone else right now.  Obviously there’s Belcher too, but I heard he’s going up to 205.

The Bisping fight is definitely something I want in the future.  Bisping went out of his way to talk shit on national TV and say that he got the better of me in training.  That’s obviously something that I want to clear up.  I don’t know who talks about practice really.  I went down there and trained with him one time when I was just cruising through LA.  I asked a good friend of mine down there if anybody was training, and he said, “Well Bisping is here and sparring a lot.”  So I ended up just showing up for a sparring day, and we went three rounds.  He was in training camp for Brian Stann.  I’m not going to go in-depth about what happened and this and that, but there are a lot of different circumstances in training.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion on how these rounds go, but if he really thinks that he got the better of me, the guy is just delusional coming out and saying anything about it.  A fight would go a little differently, I’m sure.  I’m pretty positive about how our fight would go.  I’d love to get that fight and do it for the fans.  I think I could put on a great show for them.

I want to get back in there as soon as possible.  October would be awesome, or November.  I’m trying to talk to Joe and work something out soon.  I definitely don’t want to sit on this loss too long.  I was at the fan expo, hearing all my fans like, “Sucks about that kick.”  I’m tired of hearing about that kick.  I want to move on.  I want to get to that next fight.  I want to get that Vitor fight behind me.  I’m excited to get in there.

So what do you think, Penn Nation? Does a possible future matchup with Michael Bisping sound appealing and exciting to you or do you feel that Rockhold is biting off more than he can handle by starting a beef with the longtime UFC Brit? Let’s hear some feedback, fight fans. Sound off!

-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

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