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Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021

Luke Rockhold Plans to Target The “Gut of This Division” in Return

Luke Rockhold (photo via YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Luke Rockhold isn’t entirely certain what weight class he’ll fight in, when he returns to the cage. But, it sounds like the former middleweight champ is hoping to make another run at that division’s belt.

The 36-year-old Rockhold hasn’t fought since July, 2019, when he was knocked out by now current, light heavyweight champ, Jan Blachowicz. More recently, Rockhold has been recovering from shoulder surgery.

The decorated fighter recently spoke with Submission Radio, and while discussing his plans for his return, Rockhold said this (quotes via MMA Junkie).

“They’ve (UFC) been reaching out, talking, just keeping tabs on my situation and letting me know that they’re interested,” Rockhold said. “As am I, when the time’s right, when something really kind of appeals to me, it’s sexy. I want to come back for something that gets me excited, and I want to come back when I’m ready, when my body’s ready. And I think early, late summer would be ideal. It’s just matching up with the right person and the right thing that’s going to put me to where I want. I’m not looking to just play around.

“I wanna go straight to the gut of this division and most likely 185. Not ruling out 205, but I really just gotta push my body to get in shape and see where it wants to go. Right now, I’m light. I’m like 205-208 (pounds) right now, and I think that legitimately it’s going to be looking like I’m going back to middleweight. But we will see. If something pops up, you never know. If a fight falls apart, like many injuries do and COVID and everything that happens, I could be ready sooner than later.”

Rockhold (16-5), who has fought just four times since 2015, is 2-3 in his last 5 bouts.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:49 am
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