Luke Rockhold Signs 8-Fight UFC Deal, Promised ‘Big Fight’

November 19, 2014
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Luke Rockhold is going to be in the UFC for the foreseeable future.

The top-ranked middleweight recently signed a new eight-fight deal with the organization, according to a report on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.

Not only is Rockhold on board with the new deal, but UFC President Dana White informed the program that the fighter has been promised a “big fight” for his next appearance.

Rockhold recently beat Michael Bisping in the main in event at UFC Fight Night Sydney a few weeks ago. The win was his third in a row and put him near the top of the rankings and contender status.

According to the report, Rockhold will have at least one more fight before earning a title shot. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has been mentioned as a possible opponent, and Rockhold said before that he is open to facing the Brazilian fighter.

A Rockhold-Souza bout would be the second meeting between the two. The first was won by Rockhold by unanimous decision, a result that crowned the fighter as Strikeforce middleweight champion.

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  • Maddawgmar

    Jacare doesn’t want that fight… He has been avoiding that fight since they were brought from Strikeforce…

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    • LOLOl

      Why would he want that fight? Hes above rockhold right now. Personally i think jacare can do better in this rematch. Rockhold strong wrestling style is what distracting jacare but if they manage to fight standing up i think jacare could beat him his striking is getting better. Rockhold is getting better also

      I think hector lombard would be a GREAT and better fight for these 2.. i’m so sick of seeing rematches and i’m sure others don’t care about it also.

      • Maddawgmar

        In their last ten fights, they both have one loss. Rockhold lost to Vitor (2nd at the time, and on TRT), and Jacare lost to Luke (not ranked at the time). I feel they are the logical next step for each other before a title shot. Rematches are a part of any sport, at least this wasn’t an immediate rematch and it might happen when they are both near the top of the heap.

        Lombard is at WW now, he left MW…

      • Nass Waitforit Ahmadi

        Lombard is welterweight now

  • ColoMex29

    I think Jacare would lose again. Losing to Vitor may have been blessing in disguise for Luke.

  • solo

    Maybe he’ll fight Anderson if he beats Nick, which he should. We’ll see.

  • shakejunt

    jacare is already fighting romero, no?

    he’ll get machida if he beats cb. only fight that makes sense.