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Luke Rockhold Explains Why GSP ‘Needs To Back Out’ Of Bisping Fight

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Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold delivered a message to former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre after his win over David Branch in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116 on Saturday night.

Rockhold made it clear in his post-fight interview that he wants to fight the winner of Michael Bisping vs. St-Pierre at UFC 217 for the middleweight title.

However, Rockhold also doesn’t think the former welterweight titleholder should be moving up in weight for his return bout. He urged “GSP,” to back out of the fight, which marks his first bout in four years.

“Now I’m coming for that belt,” Rockhold said in his post-fight interview on Saturday night (h/t Bloody Elbow). “GSP, I don’t know what I need to do; you want me to beat some sense into you? You don’t belong here. You’re gonna get crushed. Better back out; get out of this thing while you still can. This is my fight.”

Rockhold also stated that he’ll be available to fight in two months, which would line him up perfectly for UFC 217. In the event of GSP pulling out of the bout, Rockhold could be a possible replacement to fight Bisping at the event, which would set up an interesting trilogy.

“I’m ready to go,” he said. “I got no injuries. I’ll be ready for November. Don’t embarrass yourself, GSP. Just back out. Let me take this thing. It’s my fight.”

There have been several fighters who have criticized the Bisping vs. St-Pierre pairing. St-Pierre hasn’t fought since 2013, and as a result of him fighting Bisping, it has backlogged the middleweight division. Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero, and Rockhold, among others, should get the next title shot.

  • RMRyan

    I would be crying with laughter if their third fight came to fruition and Bisping knocked him out again

    • steven

      It could happen. The first time was no fluke. Even if one differentiates between Luke underestimating Mike the first time and his having a momentary lapse of discipline/focus in the cage…that is all it takes. I will say it again and I will keep saying it…Bisping is an above average MMA boxer and Rockhold does not have an elite/championship level chin. If those to elements collide, Rockhold certainly can “get got” again. That said, Rockhold looks unbeatable on the ground. It looks like now that his chin has been exposed as suspect, he will see a lot of pressure from future opponents, who will be hunting that chin and taking no chance with the length and elite level kickboxing threat that Luke always presents. Unfortunately though, that appears the only chance anybody has against him because NOBODY beats this dude on the ground…wrestlers, BJJ black belts, ground and pound artists…you name it– Jacare to Machida to Weidman to Branch. All were either handled comfortably or destroyed. The Whitaker fight is a 50-50 fight…Luke all day on the ground. Bobby Knuckles all day on the feet.

    • Shock Wave

      Hey now, Luke “held back” in their 2nd fight…

  • iberian warrior

    Backlogged my ass.. right now there is no one to fight for that belt except GSP. And as for the butt hurt rockhold.. Cry me river you dirt bag

    • steven


    • Draven

      GSP isn’t even a middleweight. He has no business being in that division.

      • iberian warrior

        He has no business right.. Where is Bisping now???

        • Draven

          bit late of a reply. Bisping is still in the division awaiting his next fight unlike GSP.

  • HeteroFriendly

    Aint gonna hapoen.

    If gsp wasn’t lovable but weird enough in the first place, these last four years of getting back to his canadian roots have returned him to his natural state of being a bizarre faux-frenchie nutbatt.

    He doesn’t care how stupid or disrespectful this bisping debacle is,
    it must make perfect sense in the distorted mind of an off brand frog.