It took around two years, but Luke Rockhold is back in the win column after scoring an impressive win over David Branch in the main event of last night’s (Sat., Sept. 16, 2017) UFC Fight Night 116 event inside the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
While he is fired up to try and regain his Middleweight strap, Rockhold isn’t there just yet. The knockout loss to Michael Bisping still haunts him, and he’d love nothing more than to get some revenge in order to put that ghost to bed. Unfortunately, he won’t be getting it anytime soon, as “The Count” is lined up to face off against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 this November; a fight Luke has a big problem with.
The winner of that fight will then have to take part in a title unification bout against interim title holder Robert Whittaker in 2018. When and where is anybody’s guess due to this.
With all that being said, the only fight that makes sens for Rockhold is a rematch against Chris Weidman. Both men have tasted gold and they want it back, desperately. Rockhold dethroned “All American” from the top of the Middleweight mountain at UFC 194 in 2015, so he knows that it takes to put the wrestler down.
Weidman, meanwhile, would love nothing more than to get that loss back. The two were set to run it back at UFC 199 before “All American” was forced out with an injury. That allowed Bisping to step in on late notice and shock the world.
Both men desperately want to get their hands on Bisping, and while that isn’t guaranteed to happen until the 185-pound picture plays itself out over the next year or so, letting Luke and Chris duke it out once more makes sense.
In the process, a new title contender will surface and make sense of a very-clouded division.
Anyone else got a better idea?
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