Former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold recently challenged another former UFC Middleweight Champion in Anderson Silva to fight at UFC 212.
Silva turned down the fight and now Rockhold wants the UFC to return to the promotion where the best fighters fight each other.
“I’m a fan of it. People want to run their mouths and say what they will about an interim title but it guarantees you have a title shot. You put yourself in line. If they’re gonna hold everything hostage the way they are with no telling what’s gonna happen with the winners - these guys, if they win a fight, you never know what they’re gonna say. What is GSP gonna do when he wins the title? Is he gonna want to fight Conor McGregor for the middleweight title? The best fight the best. That’s what made this company what it is and they need to get back to it,” Rockhold said on Submission Radio.
Rockhold hasn’t stepped into the Octagon since dropping the middleweight title to Michael Bisping at UFC 199.
Speaking of championships, the former middleweight kingpin wouldn’t mind facing Yoel Romero for an interim title.
“Romero wants that interim title, I know that for a fact and he’s not going to fight anybody else so if that comes to be, I’d gladly fight Yoel. That’s one and two. One and two should fight for it, if that’s the case. The champion should fight one but if one and two are fighting, it should be an interim title, a guarantee that we’re gonna fight for the title next,” said Rockhold.
Besides holding the UFC Middleweight Title, the former boyfriend of Demi Lovato is also a former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion.