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UFC 230’s Luke Rockhold still eyes move to light heavyweight, but only if the fight offer is ‘sexy’

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As current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier gears up to defend his titles before walking away from the fight game in the next eight months, the rest of the contenders in both weight classes are chomping at the bit at their chance to vie for the straps.

Among them is “DC”s” teammate Luke Rockhold, who has been contemplating a move up to the 205-pound weight class for some time now. Though he is currently booked to face Chris Weidman in a much-anticipated Middleweight rematch at the upcoming UFC 230 pay-per-view (PV) event on Nov. 3, 2018 in New York, Luke still has his eye on 205 pounds.

“I like the light heavyweight division – I think it’s for the taking,” Rockhold said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “‘DC,’ the complication with him – he’s tossing and turning. I just want the thing to really solidify itself and iron it out. I want a matchup – I want a sexy matchup, and I want to get up there and I want to do some damage, and I want it to mean something. I don’t want to have to fight the best guy in the division in Alexander Gustafsson and have to backtrack if ‘DC’ doesn’t fight and I have to fight someone else lower – what’s the (expletive) point?,” he asked.

“I want it to mean something, and for me, everything is open right now. I don’t need to rush anything. Everything is open right now. I don’t need to rush anything. This is good. They’ve got to give me something sexy and entice me with something good. Nothing’s official.”

Rockhold was nearing a fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 for his 205-pound ebut a few weeks ago before an injury sidelined him, stalling his move up.

Now, Luke will look to score a second win over Weidman after originally knocking him out UFC 194 in December of 2015 to win the middleweight title. It’s been a rough road for Luke since then, as he has only competed three times, getting knocked out by Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero with a win over David Branch sandwiched in between.

Should Cormier retire as 205-pound champion, Luke can set himself up nicely for a potential title shot at the vacant strap should he secure a win over “All American.”

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