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Luke Rockhold Says UFC Needs To Get Back To ‘The Best vs. The Best’

April 20, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with Submission Radio, Luke Rockhold spoke in defense of interim titles, stating that champions holding the belts hostage as a reason for why they are necessary. He might have been referring to fighters like Conor McGregor, who won the featherweight title but immediately went to fight for the middleweight title instead of defending it. Here are highlights:

On a possible fight with Robert Whittaker: “How about Bobby Knuckles. 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.”

On his next fight: “I’ve been looking for a fight between all these guys. I’m not necessarily calling him out, we’re running out of opponents. Anderson Silva declined to fight. Other guys are out of the mix. Yoel’s waiting for an interim title or the real title. I need to reestablish myself and he looked good. Romero wants that interim title, I know that for a fact and he’s not going to fight anybody else so if that comes to be, I’d gladly fight Yoel. That’s one and two. One and two should fight for it, if that’s the case. The champion should fight one but if one and two are fighting, it should be an interim title, a guarantee that we’re gonna fight for the title next.”

On interim titles: “I’m a fan of it. People want to run their mouths and say what they will about an interim title but it guarantees you have a title shot. You put yourself in line. If they’re gonna hold everything hostage the way they are with no telling what’s gonna happen with the winners – these guys, if they win a fight, you never know what they’re gonna say. What is GSP gonna do when he wins the title? Is he gonna want to fight Conor McGregor for the middleweight title? The best fight the best. That’s what made this company what it is and they need to get back to it.”

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Luke Rockhold, Joseph Lee

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