Luke Rockhold talks about Chris Weidman, and the likelihood of a rematch down the line.
Luke Rockhold won the UFC middleweight title when he beat Chris Weidman to a bloody fourth round TKO at UFC 196 in December 2015. The belt has since changed hands when Rockhold dropped the belt to current champion Michael Bisping at UFC 199, six months later.
Both Rockhold and Weidman are not in consideration for the next title shot, as Bisping being slated to defend his belt against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 in November in New York City. A rematch between the two could be a logical move to make, and could have title implications, but when asked by Ariel Helwani if there would be a chance for it to happen, Rockhold was not too keen on the idea.
“For his sake, I hope not,” the former champion said on Monday’s MMA Hour episode (via MMA Fighting).
“Weidman looked better than I’ve seen him in a long time. He definitely got something back together, and we’ll see. He did fight Kelvin Gastelum, he did fight a 170-pounder, so we’ll see.”
After Weidman’s win over Gastelum in front of his fellow Long Islanders, he immediately called out Bisping for a shot at the title. It was a move that Rockhold found quite absurd, considering Weidman’s recent three-fight skid.
“He’s a bit delusional at times. He just lost three in a row, so for him to think he’s the champion is pretty far from,” Rockhold said. “But he looked decent.”
Rockhold will be stepping inside the cage after more than a year in the sidelines, as he faces David Branch on September 16th in Pittsburgh.