Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is expected to make a comeback by the end of the year, and the UFC veteran thinks Darren Till would be the perfect opponent.
Speaking to Brendan Schaub in a recent interview, Rockhold revealed that he would love to fly across the pond to fight Till in the UK and beat ‘The Gorilla’ in his home country.
“I like the Till fight. Till would be a fun fight, it would be fun to do in the O2 arena… I don’t know how I feel fighting with no fans,” Rockhold said said (h/t BJPenn.com). “It takes all that steam out, all the wind out of your sails. I like making history, I like going out there, the cream rises to the top when you put all the pressure on. It’s the pressure, it is the obstacle of fighting that is why I love it.”
If Till isn’t up to task, Rockhold would love to put the final nail in the coffin of Chris Weidman’s career by shutting him up in a rematch.
“Chris Weidman is always opening his mouth, I would love to shut his mouth,” Rockhold said. “He is always talking post-fight as if he beat me or would beat me and never really shut up about it. There is nothing worse than a guy than once you beat them and they just keep running their mouth. I wouldn’t mind closing that door.”
Rockhold TKO’d Weidman to win the middleweight title in 2015 but ‘All-American’ says a rematch does nothing for his career.
“I don’t know what that does for me,” Weidman said. “It’s a fight that I get a win back. But he hasn’t done much in a while. He is coming off retirement. A win over him doesn’t do much for me, and I really want to put myself in title contention. I’d rather fight a guy who is up in the rankings more. I don’t know. I am not completely opposed to it but I’m nor really sure what makes sense right now.”
Rockhold last fought in 2019, when he suffered a brutal knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239. The 35-year-old is currently unranked.
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