Weight classes? What weight classes? Luke Rockhold has obviously had enough of the politics and shenanigans around the middleweight championship, and has his eyes set on a ‘money fight’ with former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.
The outspoken Werdum had some less than complimentary things to say about Rockhold on the MMA Hour this week, which prompted Rockhold to issue a challenge.
“Everyone’s steaming over this new fight I brought up,” Rockhold said on UFC Tonight. “I think me and Werdum got some old beef from Strikeforce. He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight. I’ve thought it through and I like the style matchup.’
“Given what’s going on in the middleweight division right now, screw that, I’m coming to heavyweight. Let’s do this.”
UFC said Werdum has plans for this summer, but Rockhold isn't letting this go. He really wants to settle their old Strikeforce beef ASAP.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 22, 2017
Werdum weighed in at 232 lbs for his most recent fight, a unanimous decision win over Travis Browne. Given the similar heights and reaches of both fighters, and the fact that Rockhold will not be cutting any weight, the size difference will not be all that substantial, should this fight come to be.
Despite his opinion that he can defeat the current #1 ranked heavyweight, Rockhold doesn’t plan on staying around in the land of the giants for too long.
“I don’t know if I’ll dance around too long [at heavyweight]. It’s a fight I really want and I think it makes a lot of sense,” Rockhold said. “We can settle that … They’re into making money fights right? They want to make a money fight, sell some tickets. Let’s do this thing.”
Rockhold and Werdum have a history of verbal clashes dating back through the years. Apart from calling him ”a b*tch guy” during the aforementioned MMA Hour appearance, Werdum also labelled the ex-middleweight champ ”Luke Cockyhold” after he lost his title to Michael Bisping. Rockhold, for his part has called Werdum ”a joke” and previously expressed his desire to fight him in a grappling match.