Forget About Michael Bisping, UFC Targeting Luke Rockhold vs. Lyoto Machida

Written by Tom Ngo
August 28th, 2014

UFC Luke Rockhold

Luke Rockhold (pictured) vs. Michael Bisping seems like a match made in MMA heaven. Unfortunately for fanboys across the globe, UFC president Dana White has other plans.

White would like to pit Rockhold against Lyoto Machida.

“We’re looking at Rockhold-Machida in Brazil. That’s what we’re looking at,” White told UFC.com.

White didn’t say when the middleweights would collide, but the UFC announced today they’ll be hosting an event in Brazil on November 8. Timing-wise, that might work out perfectly for White and Co.

Rockhold is victorious in 11 of his last 12 outings. He’s won two straight scraps, most recently April’s submission of Tim Boetsch.

Machida is looking to bounce back from July’s unanimous decision defeat to champion Chris Weidman at UFC 175. “The Dragon” is 2-1 since dropping from light heavyweight to middleweight.

But there’s good news for those still hoping Rockhold and Bisping will do battle. White believes it’s inevitable the archenemies will eventually settle their differences.

“Anything is possible. Michael Bisping is ranked number eight in the world. Rockhold is number five,” White said. “They’ll meet each other anyway eventually, but Rockhold has got Machida first.”

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