Former UFC middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold, appeared at The MMA Hour show and spoke about a variety of things. Among the topics discussed was if Rockhold was looking to get out of his UFC contract, as he had some harsh things to say about fighters’ payment in the company.
Helwani asked him if it was a strategy on his part to force the UFC to release him so that he can look for opportunities elsewhere. Well, it seems like that wasn’t quite the case, as Rockhold believes that’s not quite a smart strategy. In fact, he thinks the better strategy is to be smart about it and be the nice guy if anybody is looking to get out of their contract.
“That’s not a strategy, that’s a dumb strategy. If anyone wants to follow a strategy, that’s not the strategy. You say that sh*t, they are going to lock you down even more,” said Rockhold.
“That’s the opposite of the strategy. You want to be the nice guy, you want to give up, try to butter them up and get the f**k out,” he added.
NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 18: Luke Rockhold celebrates defeating Lyoto Machida of Brazil by tap out in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
“I just speak my mind, I say who I am and how I feel, and for better for worse, it is what it is. I don’t give a f**k. I’ll do whatever I want. I’m not gonna kiss anybody’s a**, I am not gonna hold my lip, I’m gonna say it just how I feel,” the former champion said further.
Luke Rockhold is finally set to return to the UFC
Rockhold, who hasn’t fought in the promotion since his UFC 239 loss to the current light-heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz, will return against the rising middleweight contender, Sean Strickland, at UFC 268.
INGLEWOOD, CA – JUNE 03: UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold steps on the scale during the UFC 199 weigh-in at the Forum on June 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Rockhold has already made his feelings clear about Strickland. He is not a big fan of his opponent’s bizarre personality and wants to teach him a lesson for good inside the Octagon. Also, the fight is very important in Rockhold’s career.
Once considered one of the best middleweight fighters of all time, if he is still relevant in the 185 lbs division, remains to be seen.
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