Luke Rockhold has recently expressed his dream of going against UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort as one of his top goals in his MMA career.
In a recent interview, however, he revealed that going against Chris Weidman first isn’t a bad idea at all.
Rockhold won over Weidman and got the title in UFC 194. Rockhold was able to knock Weidman out during the fourth round of the fight. Due to this devastating loss, the former champ has been trying to convince Dana White for a rematch since then.
“100 percent, I’m fine with that. I don’t need extra motivation. Someone’s coming for me from the other side of the world, other side of the country, wherever they’re at — they’re coming to take what I’ve earned, my spot, something I’ve worked for my whole life, it’s more motivation for me. I’ve got a lot to prove and I’m out there to reach my potential and I’m far from that. I’m out there to go put on a flawless performance. I’m not happy with my performance against Chris so if we’re going to do it again, I’m going to go out there looking to execute and be perfect next time,” Rockhold said.
Weidman was able to establish his own mark in the MMA industry when he won over Anderson Silva two years ago in UFC 165. They had a rematch during UFC 168, where Weidman won by stoppage once again, but this time left Silva injured.
With these series of events, Rockhold believes that he would be able to win over Weidman once again, then the former MMA champ will be out of his way for good.
“I want to make a statement to where he never wants to come back and fight me again. That’s what I’m looking to do every time. These guys want to come fight me, I don’t want to give them hope. I don’t want to give them a chance. I don’t want to make them think for a second that they’re in this fight and the fact that Chris thinks he has that — it’s more motivation for me to go out and put a stamp on this next performance and send him back down for good,” Rockhold added.