Newly-crowned UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold wants to have a big fight next and wants that big fight to be on a big pay-per-view event. According to Rockhold, he wants his first title defense to be at either UFC 198 or the biggest UFC show of 2016 at UFC 200.
However, Rockhold made it clear that he does not want to fight at UFC 199 because he feels it would not be important since the UFC would be hyping UFC 200 so much.
“I would say (I want to fight in) May, June or July, but UFC 200 would be cool,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie Radio. “I don’t want to be on UFC 199, I’ll tell you that. The hype for 200 will be so big it will take away from 199. Who wants to be on 199? I want to be on 198 or 200. That would be cool, even if I’m not main eventing.”
Rockhold (15-2) is currently on a five-fight winning streak; he is 5-1 in his last six fights.
When asked who he wants to fight next, Rockhold admitted he doesn’t care. It could be former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman or title contender Yoel Romero.
“It depends on what works out. Whatever,” Rockhold said. “If Weidman’s ready to go, we can do that. If Yoel is the fight they want, I’ll pretty much have to be a co-main event to somebody. It better be Ronda Rousey or Conor McGregor (in the headliner).”
Only time will tell who and when he fights next.
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