Luke Rockhold to Dana White: ‘Think Before You Run Your Mouth’

May 16, 2017

UFC president Dana White, following UFC 211, talked about fighters complaining about the road to a UFC title shot. He particularly took aim at former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, who has been very vocal about the UFC inserting former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre into an immediate title fight with 185-pound champ Michael Bisping.

“You got Rockhold right now screaming, ‘I deserve this.’ You just got knocked out in the first round, you don’t deserve anything. You gotta come back and earn it,” White said. 

Rockhold didn’t take kindly to White’s words, particularly saying that he was misrepresented by the company president.

“Dana White, I never said I deserved a title shot. I said we (middleweights) deserve clarity. We deserve something to fight for,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. 

“‘You have to earn your way in this company?’ Tell me how did GSP earn a middleweight title shot? Think before you run your mouth.”

The recent exchange between White and Rockhold follows the UFC’s decision to remove St-Pierre from the fight with Bisping after the returning former champion has continued to delay the time in which he is willing to return to the Octagon. St-Pierre recently delayed his return until at least November, so White said that the promotion would move ahead with Bisping putting his belt on the line against Yoel Romero at an event that is yet to be determined. 

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A few days ago, Rockhold had posted a video to Instagram stating that he was beginning training for a July fight with Gegard Mousasi, as long as the UFC stuck by its decision to pit Bisping against Romero.

Rockhold’s recent Twitter outburst casts a shadow over his relationship with the UFC, especially given the fact that a fight with Mousasi has yet to be confirmed by UFC officials.

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  • Dude

    By earn I think Dana means generate money for the company. People get mad at the idea but a lot of people (including fighters) have made more money because of people like Conor, or Rousey.. If you can become a big draw, you can have a bigger sway.

    • Jess Fenchley

      Ridiculous. Dana promotes who he likes, not the best fighters.

      • macarrech

        and the ones he likes are the ones who produce more money for him.

    • Sir_Roy

      Nah, pretty sure he is just putting entitled fighters in their place this time. Calming their egos and saying you’ll take the fights we give you. Now, obviously, if Luke were a major cash cow, the approach would be different …

  • Jess Fenchley

    As much as I dislike Rockhold as a person but like him as a fighter, he is 100% correct here.

    Dana needs to be canned by WME. He’s killing the what they just bought.

    • taylor2008

      I agree! GSP should move up the ladder.

  • Blobbejaan Blob

    Rockhold is a top fighter but he’s maybe a little bit overconfident. He just got KOed by a guy he said he was going to defeat easily. Rockhold should eat his words and get back on the winning column before opening his mouth. Also, since Jacare lost and GSP’s fight is off Rockhold is probably only one win away from another title shot.

    • taylor2008

      Luke is right. How did GSP earn a shot when he hasnt fought in years? Luke never said he deserves a title shot, but there are a lot of guys who have been active that deserve to fight Bisping. Dana is a hypocrite!

  • taylor2008

    Luke is 100% right! How did GSP leap over all these other people to earn a title shot? GSP hasnt fought in years. Dana is so hypocritical! Romero should be fighting for the title. And I dont even like the guy. Luke has the right to be pissed.