‘This isn’t WWE’ says Luke Rockhold about UFC matchmaking
Luke Rockhold is frustrated he can’t get a fight to redeem his loss against middleweight champ Michael Bisping.
Rockhold is not amused about the current matchmaking within the UFC, which will see a ‘money fight’ with Michael Bisping taking on Georges St-Pierre.
St-Pierre is a big PPV draw and the UFC are about making money so are we likely to see more so called ‘money fights’ over number 1 contenders earning the fight?
“It’s chaos isn’t it? I think they’re running down a slippery slope,” Rockhold told “UFC Tonight” this past week. “I think things could easily get out of hand. You never know what these guys are going to do. Georges [St-Pierre] isn’t going to fight anybody in the top of our division if he wins this fight. [Michael] Bisping could potentially be in the same boat. I’m bummed they took this route and it’s kind of taking away from the sport. Heart of the sport, it’s about the top guys fighting each other. This isn’t WWE. This is fighting. This is what it’s all about.
“So when they make moves like this it definitely makes you question a lot of things and what you’re doing and how you approach things.”
Rockhold hasn’t fought since his defeat to Bisping with injury forcing him out of a fight with Ronaldo “Jacare’ Souza last year. Rockhold knows a victory could put him back in title contention quickly.
“I know it doesn’t take much. It takes one good fight,” Rockhold said. “Given what’s out there it’s kind of waiting to see what irons out. There’s a lot of fights happening and everyone’s kind of tied up. It depends on what their thoughts are.”
With the Bisping – St-Pierre fight due to take place later in the year, Rockhold would be open to an interim title fight against no1 ranked contender Yoel Romero.
“If they want to put a real belt on the line, I’d gladly go fight Yoel for it,” Rockhold said. “But I want security. If I’m going to go fight a top guy, I want to know that my next fight is the unified title and get that going. I’m not here to dance around. I’m here to fight for titles and fight for championship money.”
Rockhold just wants to get his hands on Bisping again.
“He’s avoided “Jacare” and he’s avoided Yoel Romero. He’s doing everything he can not to get those fights and they are forced them to pretty much offer these fights,” Rockhold said about Bisping.
“I’m so much better than Michael. If he ever mans up and I get the opportunity to fight him, I’ll show that. We’ll see. The way the division’s going, I don’t know.”