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Luke Rockhold eyes 205-pound title shot after beating Chris Weidman

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Consensus number one Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Luke Rockhold would fight for the belt at 205 pounds, but only after he fulfills his goals in his own weight class.

The gigantic middleweight shared his thoughts on a potential move up during a conversation with Jon Anik and Kenny Florian in their podcast on Monday (June 1).

"If I'm going to 205, it's going to be nothing except to challenge for the title. I'm not going up for any fights in between. I would definitely be... I mean I have a lot of work to do here at 185. But as long as I have the belt there and the belt's on the line at 205, I'd be happy to move up and take that shot."

That means waiting until American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate and friend Daniel Cormier, who recently won the vacant belt at UFC 187, is either no longer the champion or he decides to retire from the sport.

But Rockhold's true goal is challenging middleweight champion Chris Weidman, something he makes apparent to reporters as he follows the UFC from Las Vegas to Brazil to Mexico. He told Anik and Florian he has been in talks and texts with the UFC matchmakers, but there's nothing to announce yet.

"Things are looking hopeful but I can't read their minds. But I know they believe in me, I know that I'm gonna get my shot. I think it's just a matter of when and where."

Rockhold was last seen inside the Octagon making short work of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida at UFC on FOX 15. But Ronaldo Souza, who's undefeated in the UFC since moving over from the Strikeforce promotion, has also been clamoring for a crack at the champ.

But Rockhold told the podcast he does not think Souza can beat Weidman and it's better to give him the title shot now rather than make him wait.

"Weidman's a tough individual. He's strong-minded, he's well-rounded. I just think I'm better than him in so many ways. He's got some decent wrestling, some good offensive wrestling but it's going to be a non-issue when it comes to fighting me. He's not going to be able to take me down, he's not going to be able to take advantage on the ground. I'm better than him on the ground, I'm better than him on the feet, I have more weapons."

The 30-year-old added he also has tremendous cardio due to his commitment to strength and conditioning, something Weidman has shown weakness in over five-round competition.

Before signing off, Jon Anik asked the UFC's most eligible bachelor if he's been breaking any hearts lately with the UFC's female fan base (likely due to this).

"I haven't, I don't, and I'm not planning on anything. I'm engaged to the UFC middlewieght championship and that's what it's going to be."

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