Luke Rockhold Lobbying for Michael Bisping Fight, Also Interested in Fighting at Light Heavyweight

January 22, 2014

Luke-Rockhold-SF0409_7394-478x270Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will be in Chicago for this weekend’s UFC on Fox 10 event to lobby for a bout against Michael Bisping, the 29-year-old fighter told UFC Tonight.

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.

Rockhold (11-2) made his UFC debut in May 2013, losing to top contender Vitor Belfort by knockout. He rebounded in his last outing with a first round finish of Costa Philippou.

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