Luke Rockhold wants Chris Weidman title fight if UFC won't grant him Vitor Belfort rematch

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

It's a Chris Weidman title fight, "The Phenom" rematch or bust, for the former Strikeforce middleweight champion.

Despite pleas from his teammates to move on, Luke Rockhold just can't seem to get Vitor Belfort out of his mind, 14 months after getting knocked out by "The Phenom."

Time and again, Rockhold has pleaded for a do-over against the Brazilian, though not much has come of it; as Belfort has bigger fish to fry in the form of a middleweight title fight.

However, there is one thing that Luke would settle for if he doesn't get his much-desired rematch against Vitor, and that's a championship fight of his own against division kingpin, Chris Weidman.

This, according to recent comments Luke gave to UFC Tonight.

Rockhold has been cleared to resume training after suffering a broken toe (pic) during his most recent win against Tim Boetsch at UFC 172, his second straight victory since losing to Belfort.

Speaking of Vitor, as he continues to do his best get his ducks in a row for an Octagon return, he's never really given any of the constant Rockhold call outs the time of day, focused only on a promised title shot against Weidman; who defended his 185-pound title for the second time against Lyoto Machida this past weekend (July 5, 2014) at UFC 175.

Catch the "Fight of the Night" highlights here.

The UFC's middleweight division has been staying rather busy as of late, as most of the top 10 fighters are already booked to compete against one another in the coming months.

Among the intriguing match-ups is one pitting Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le, which goes down at UFC Fight Night 48 on Aug., 23, 2014 in Macau, China; two fighters Rockhold has yet to face. So Luke could always wait for the results of that bout to unfold to see if it will possibly provide him his next potential challenge.

One fighter who is currently without a dance partner is C.B. Dollaway, another man who is currently riding a two-fight win streak in the middleweight division.

So, unless the former Strikeforce 185-pound champion intends to play a very long waiting game to see how the possible championship fight between Weidman and Belfort goes down, it might behoove the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) - trained fighter to take another fight.

Maybe the winner of this bout.

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