Now that Chris Weidman has defeated Vitor Belfort and remains the UFC’s middleweight champ, the MMA world can resume pondering who he’ll face next (not that we ever stopped). Well, according to who many believe is the front runner, Mr. Luke Rockhold, it’s going to be him.
Yes, following Rockhold’s jaw dropping win over Lyoto Machida in April, the consensus has been that the former Strikeforce champ would challenge for the belt next. The win moved Rockhold into the #1 contender spot, and while “Jacare” Souza also defeated Chris Camozzi that same night, the latter’s not a top 15 ranked contender. If Souza had fought Yoel Romero, as was originally scheduled, and had scored a big win, maybe things would be different?
“Luke Rockhold had me cornered on my way here and told he’s ready and wants the fight,” White said. “He’s first in line. But ‘Jacare’s’ manager said he was ready to go. We’ll see.”
But, as far as Rockhold’s concerned, all of this is pretty much a done deal:
“I don’t know what the hell they’re doing, but it’s guaranteed that that’s my shot,” Rockhold was quoted saying in the aforementioned story. “It’s happening. They’ll be a date locked down soon. We’re fighting. I talked to Dana, and we got some things coming.”
So, there you have it. One would think that the UFC is going to tap Rockhold for the bout. They probably want to figure out when and where, before announcing anything. As you know, Weidman really, really, really wants to fight at Madison Square Garden, but as it stands right now, pro MMA isn’t happening in New York.