We don’t need to tell you that Luke Rockhold isn’t exactly a fan of UFC middleweight champion and two-time foe Michael Bisping. Ever since Bisping came in on short notice and flattened him to not only avenge a prior defeat but claim the title at UFC 199 last year, Rockhold has tossed derision in the Englishman’s direction at every possible opportunity.
But it seems that Rockhold doesn’t think much of Bisping’s upcoming foe Georges St-Pierre either.
Few middleweights on the UFC roster are happy with the Bisping vs. St-Pierre match-up. After all, St-Pierre has vaulted a lengthy queue of deserving fighters into title contention despite the fact he hasn’t competed in four years and has never fought at 185lbs. But Bisping and the UFC have received the much of the heat for this. A former welterweight champion, pound for pound stalwart and bonafide legend of the sport, ‘GSP’ has largely been spared criticism.
On a recent episode of MMAJunkie Radio, however, Rockhold wasn’t so respectful of the Canadian great.
“I think Georges St-Pierre is a joke,” Rockhold said. “I still don’t have faith that Georges makes it to the fight. So, we’ll see what happens.”
Bisping vs. St-Pierre was originally announced in the spring, although no date was specified at that time. St-Pierre’s recovery from an eye-injury subsequently led to the development of a sort of ‘will they, won’t they’ saga and a lengthy delay before the fight was finally penciled in for UFC 217 on November 4th.
Perhaps, Rockhold’s lack of confidence in ‘GSP’ has it’s roots in this winding episode.
Regardless of the reason, the former champion suggested that he is willing to step in and replace St-Pierre if needs be.
“I’m fucking tired of waiting,” Rockhold said when asked about his interest in a short-notice assignment. “I’m not fucking around. I’m tired of this shit. I’m tired of talking about it. It’s time to make it happen. It’s time to do it. I’m coming with a vengeance.”
Of course, Rockhold will have to come through this weekend and his fight with former two-weight WSOF champion David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116 both with the victory and relatively unscathed if he wants to be available to take advantage of any opportunity that may arise.