clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Luke Rockhold: UFC needs to start investing in its fighters, not in Dana White

New, 16 comments
UFC 205 Press Conference Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

For the longest time, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has been mired in a beef with the promotion’s matchmakers, which has fogged the 185-pound division dating back to Michael Bisping’s days as champion.

Now, the division will once again be on hold as reigning champion Georges St-Pierre is currently battling colitis, which will sideline “Rush” -- and the title — for “a minute.” As it stands, the division has Robert Whittaker as the interim champion, which is just the latest example of an interim titleholder.

If Luke had his way, he’d make Whittaker the “real champion” and be done with it.

“Just how long can they drag this on for? It’s been going on and on forever. I mean, you want to make another interim belt? Make another interim belt and I will go fight Yoel,” added Luke, who did reveal on The MMA Hour a fight against “Soldier of God” has been tossed around.

“Let’s keep it going, if everybody is going to be tied up, let’s keep these interim belts going. Let’s go, me and Yoel,” said Rockhold rather sarcastically. To hear the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) - trained fighter tell it, he won’t accept a bout unless it makes sense, and his eyes are firmly set on a championship bout against “The Reaper.”

As for offering him Romero -- who is coming off a loss to Whittaker — Rockhold doesn’t understand it, saying that matchup is just further proof the promotion has lost its way. And it has a lot to do with investing in company president Dana White instead of the real breadwinners.

“I can’t understand what their thought process is these days. They obviously don’t have a clear understanding of what they’re doing. They are not following the recipe that built this company,” added Luke.

“I don’t know. Invest in the fighters. No offense, but your investment isn’t Dana White, Dana White is not selling pay-per-views. Dana White’s ‘Looking for a Fight.’ You have Dana White’s Contender Series. Invest in the fighters and you will solve your problems. You will hit your marks, sell your pay-per-views and do your thing. Get it straight,” he concluded.

Indeed, White -- who already has a rocky past with Luke — has been given plenty of opportunities to push his name further as UFC head honcho, but those are the perks that coming with being part owner of the biggest MMA company in the world.

The pay isn’t bad, either.

Nevertheless, Rockhold wants the folks over at Endeavor and UFC to start pushing the fighters more if they want to right their ship. And judging by these reports, it may not be a bad idea.