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Monday, Jan 21, 2013

Report: Luke Rockhold Interested in Fighting Vitor Belfort

Rockhold (Photo credit: Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

By FCF Staff

Although Vitor Belfort said he’s interested in rematching Jon Jones, following his impressive stoppage win over Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 Saturday night, Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold is apparently hoping to fight the vet next.

Rockhold (10-1) is waiting to hear who he will fight in his upcoming Octagon debut, and the highly regarded fighter reportedly told MMA Junkie that a fight with Belfort at UFC on FOX 7 in April “makes a lot of sense.”

Rockhold cited the fact that noted middleweight contender Chris Weidman is out until this summer, due to a surgically repaired shoulder, and that there aren’t a lot of other bouts available to him right now.

Top contenders Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard are scheduled to fight in March, and Tim Boetsch is coming off a loss to Costa Philippou, who Rockhold has also expressed an interest in fighting.

Belfort called out the light-heavyweight champ Jones after his memorable win this weekend, and in while doing so, referred to the next man who will fight Jones, Chael Sonnen, as a “clown.”

Jones submitted Belfort in the fourth round at UFC 152 in September. Belfort returned to the light-heavyweight division on short notice to face Jones, after UFC 151 was cancelled as a result of Dan Henderson being injured.

The UFC on FOX 7 card is set to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

posted by FCF Staff @ 7:32 pm
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