Luke Rockhold is spearheading a revolt against the UFC.
The question is, how many of his fellow middleweights are willing to stand with him on the picket line?
Rockhold, along with several other middleweight top contenders, is frustrated the UFC is gifting former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre an immediate crack at 185-pound champ Michael Bisping despite coming off a three-year “break from MMA.”
Furthermore, Rockhold is upset Bisping, arguably the worst title holder in UFC history, is allowed to hang onto his belt for so long without having to face a legitimate contender.
“If they get their sh*t together and make something happen, I’ll be glad to sign a fight, but they need to f*cking straighten their sh*t out and make something happen,” Rockhold told The MMA Hour. “The company is kind of losing it these days. I don’t know what happened to the old company where the best fighters fought the best and what built this company. Now they just, it’s a spectator sport, they are just putting freak shows together.”
Rockhold, who was shockingly knocked out cold by Bisping last June to lose his belt, wants his fellow middleweights to take a stand against the UFC until change is made: make meaningful fights that lead to a title shot, or we won’t fight.
“If they’re not putting an interim title on the line, or if they’re not making Bisping fight a contender, I’m not fighting anybody,” Rockhold said. “And so should the rest of the division, too. What’s the point? Without me, [Gegard] Mousasi, Yoel [Romero], and [Robert] Whittaker? I think everyone should just stand their ground, and say f*ck you. Put a title on the line or else, f*ck, you don’t even have a division.”
So is Rockhold pushing his peers to go on strike unless they get what they want?
“I think everyone is already on strike, aren’t they?” Rockhold responded. “We’re all waiting on a title. Whittaker’s down. I’ve voiced my opinion, and I think Mousasi should stand his ground too. I mean, without us you have no f*cking division. Make something happen.
“They’re forcing us into a corner. We got to stick up and stay together and make something happen. I’m tired of this sh*t, man.”
Rockhold is so fed up that he’s willing to leave the planet’s most prestigious MMA promotion if things don’t change quickly.
“If it’s just money fights, I’ll do that somewhere else,” he said. “You can let me go of my contract and I can go fight big money fights somewhere else. I’m here in this company to fight for titles, and if there is no path to that, I’m out. Let me go.”
Clearly, Rockhold is suggesting that he’s more than happy to bounce to Bellator where his former Strikeforce boss, Scott Coker, appears to be treating his fighters far better than the UFC. Unfortunately for Rockhold, it’s highly unlikely the UFC will release him early from his contract. If anything, he just found himself deeper in the UFC doghouse.