Luke Rockhold is a fighter. But he’s also businessman.
That’s why the former UFC middleweight champion is not going to sign every single piece of paper that slides across his desk, especially when he’s making more money with his outside endeavors (like this).
So, if UFC wants him to fight longtime middleweight rival Chris Weidman at the upcoming UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) event this November in New York (details), then he’s going to need the right contract to put pen to paper.
“No pen to paper,” Rockhold told MMA Junkie. “You’ve got to show me the right contract. I don’t need to do anything. Business is good. I’ve got a lot of things going on. When you show me the right contract, I’ll sign the right contract. These people need to get their contracts straight. Everything is good. I’m not going to (expletive) lose money fighting. I’m doing very well outside the cage.”
Rockhold (16-4) already holds a win over Weidman from the UFC 194 PPV back in late 2015. He would surrender the middleweight strap in his very first title defense when he battled Michael Bisping, then rebounded against David Branch before succumbing to Yoel Romero.
As for Weidman (14-3), his Rockhold loss kicked off a dreadful three-fight losing streak in which he was finished all three times. He finally got back to his winning ways by submitting Kelvin Gastelum, then found himself sidelined for over a year with injury.
With less than three months until fight night, the window to get Rockhold vs. Weidman 2 completed is quickly closing.