Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has been embroiled in a feud with Michael Bisping since joining the UFC back in 2013. Now with a 2-1 promotional record, “Rocky” is being linked to a burner with former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. All this, and it appears that Rockhold still has his mind on “The Count”.
Bisping is set to face off against Cubg Le in the UFC Fight Night 48 main event tomorrow (Sat. Aug 23, 2014) and Rockhold spoke with MMAJunkie.com, to challenge “The Count” to an interesting wager:
“Bisping is grossly overpaid, comparably to where we are. So, I bet Michael Bisping, if I don’t finish you in the first round, you can have my purse. But if I do finish you in the first round, you give me your purse. So if I don’t finish you in the first round, whether I beat you in a decision or what, you get both of our purses. But if I do finish you in the first round, we switch purses, and I get yours. Let’s see if you’ve got some balls, kid. Bring it.”
The two feisty middleweights have exchanged barbs and insults almost constantly in recent weeks, but it’s likely that they will never meet if Bisping is unable to get past Le in Macau, China. Having gone 1-for-1 in his last six outings, most recently losing a decision to Tim Kennedy in Quebec, it’s highly likely that the eight-year UFC veteran would be pretty much irrelevant with a loss against Le.
That being said, a win could see his stock rise considerably, at the least the UFC could sell him as 2-1 in his last three and looking to leapfrog Rockhold in the rankings. A loss would almost surely see the Brit knocked from his number eight spot, and well clear of the top 10 at middleweight. “Rocky” continued:
“Bisping, he’s a s–t talker, and we’ve had our beef for a long time,” Rockhold said. “He said he had gotten the better of me in our training session. Let’s see about that. Put your money where your mouth is, kid.”
Well, it looks like the ball is now in Bisping’s court. We’ll see how things turn out in Macau, but don’t be at all surprised if “The Count” calls out Rockhold in the post fight interview, if he wins that is. Who knows, perhaps the original British UFC heel will leave his gloves in the cage if “Johnny Cage” is able to finish him. Either result, and Luke Rockhold would probably be pretty happy.