Bisping (24-5) has been offered a fight with Tim Kennedy and both have verbally agreed to an April 16 bout. Rockhold feels that he’s a better option to face Bisping because he’s higher ranked in the division than Kennedy. Rockhold is currently ranked sixth, one position below Bisping, while Kennedy is ranked ninth.
The fight with Kennedy is not set in stone, however. Bisping, who is recovering from a detached retina, will have an eye test this week to be medically cleared to compete. If he doesn’t receive approval to fight, the bout with Kennedy will either be pushed back or scrapped altogether.
Rockhold and Bisping have history. While Rockhold was the champion in Strikeforce, he and Bisping briefly trained together. In an interview, Bisping said he knocked out Rockhold and that he was the unofficial Strikeforce middleweight champion. Rockhold feels that discussing what goes on in training is taboo and believes Bisping crossed an unspoken line.
Rockhold also indicated that he’s interested in testing the waters of the light heavyweight division, but did not give a timeframe for potentially making the move.