Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has been out of the Octagon for nearly a year following his loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 for the middleweight title.
Rockhold was set to fight Jacare Souza in the main event of ‘UFC Fight Night: Sydney’ however the former champ was forced out of the fight due to a knee injury. Now however, in a recent social media post, Rockhold revealed that he was back in the gym training, and was looking for a summer return against an unnamed opponent.
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Rockhold has been very open about his desire to fight recently, calling for an interim middleweight title fight to keep the division active while Michael Bisping fights Georges St-Pierre for the middleweight title. Most recently however, Rockhold has been looking for a fight with Robert Whittaker, who most recently defeated Jacare Souza.
He spoke on Submission Radio to discuss a fight with Whittaker:
“How about Bobby Knuckles,” he said. “Boy is looking good. You Aussie’s got something to believe in right now. He’s looking fresh, looking tight, and I think we make a lot of sense right now. The kid wants to get his title shot; there’s a long list of guys in line right now and I’m looking to get back at it so I don’t see anything better. I appreciate the competition. I like what the kid’s done and I want to test him, I want to test myself and get back at it.”
With that being said, Rockhold also would like a fight with Yoel Romero. No word yet on if that fight will happen, however it certainly would be a big one for the middleweight division.