Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, like the rest of the field at 185 pounds, was forced to ride the pine while Michael Bisping defended his title against welterweight import Georges St-Pierre.
The same St-Pierre whose mind and body was supposed to fail him.
It didn’t, and now “Rush” is the middleweight champion, which means Robert Whittaker will get the opportunity to unify his interim strap with the French-Canadian’s newly-won title.
But like so many other divisions, there is talk of St-Pierre moving down in weight or perhaps taking on reigning lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a champion vs. champion super fight.
Rockhold vents to Submission Radio:
“I want to see what the fuck happens. GSP needs to make up his mind and the UFC needs to make up their minds. We’ll see what happens. . . I think you can expect something announced here shortly. I would imagine they’re pretty eager to figure this thing out. GSP needs to figure it out. He needs to move on, get out, and really, Robert Whittaker is the real champion. Bisping lost that title, in my eyes, a long time ago when he decided to fight guys outside the top ten, and welterweights for that matter. He earned it. He got the title but Whittaker’s been the man for the last year. He’s fought Jacare, he’s fought Yoel, he’s fought the top contenders and that’s what it takes to be the champion.”
Rockhold coughed up his crown in a last-minute rematch against Bisping at UFC 199. Calls for an immediate rematch fell on deaf ears, thanks to a contentious relationship with promotion president Dana White.
Rockhold got back into the win column by smashing Billy Noname earlier this year on FOX Sports 1. The win left him at No. 4 in the rankings, behind Bisping, Whittaker, and 185-pound bruiser Yoel Romero.
And all he can do now is wait ... and wait ... and wait.