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Luke Rockhold Calls Michael Bisping A 'Coward,' Ready For David Branch

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It's been more than a year since Luke Rockhold last stepped into the UFC Octagon, but he'll never forget the way he exited the last time out.

In June 2016, the rangy California native suffered a first-round knockout to current middleweight champion Michael Bisping in one of the most shocking upsets in recent memory. Since that time, Rockhold has dealt with injuries and a lot of time off, but he's anxious to resume his career this Saturday night when he faces David Branch in the main event at UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh.

As much as Rockhold is focused on beating Branch and re-establishing himself atop the UFC middleweight rankings, he's never lost sight of getting back into the cage with Bisping.

 

Rockhold isn't holding his breath on a trilogy with Bisping ever materializing because he's confident the brash Brit wants to retire while still celebrating his vengeance in their rematch.

"I'll put myself in position for that fight [against Bisping]," Rockhold said. "I can't control if the man will step up and fight me due to his actions in the last year. I can't say that he will take the fight. I think he's avoided every fight. He talks bad about the opponent I have. My opponent is ranked four spots higher than his first and only title defense in a year and three months. He's got no room to talk.

"I'm not going to hold him to it. I'm not going to hold my breath. I'm just going to fight my fight one at a time and put myself into position to take back the division and take back the top spot. Whether he's there or whether he's not doesn't matter to me. Of course it would be sweet, but some people don't want it. I just think he's a f*cking coward."

 

While his feelings on Bisping are quite clear, Rockhold knows losing focus is what cost him the last time out at UFC 199.

Going into that fight, Rockhold was a massive favorite, and he'd already dominated Bisping once before. Add to that, Bisping accepted the fight on less than two weeks' notice, so it was understandable why Rockhold exuded so much confidence going into the fight.

 

"I don't make the same mistake twice," Rockhold said. "I'll be focused. I'll have my mind right. My fight game will be right."

 

Rockhold was actually ready to return to action several months ago, but the UFC struggled to secure a worthy opponent for the former Strikeforce champion.

Earlier in the summer, Rockhold attempted to land a fight with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, but that never materialized. Rockhold also tried to get former title contender Yoel Romero to sign on the dotted line for September. The Cuban-born fighter reportedly wasn't going to be ready in time to compete at that early of a date, and once again Rockhold was left without a dance partner.

That's where Branch, a former World Series of Fighting two-division champion, entered the conversation.

 

"I tried to fight a laundry list of guys, and no one would step up," Rockhold said. "Here I am from June to July to August to September -- I couldn't wait any longer. Now's the time. Branch was the only guy to step up to the game so here we go. It might not be the ideal opponent but I'm game.

"I'm happy the man stepped up and I have an opponent. I have someone I can go to work with. I'm sure he's a tough guy. He's a top 10 opponent
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I don't think what Luke does to Branch on Saturday night is going to make it any easier to find an opponent. lol

 

Lol yeah I cant see them lining up to fight him after he kicks Branch in half.

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This guy is a lifetime member of the dweeb society. When Branch beats him, he'll disappear for another year then come out from under his rock to troll people. Very few know that's what a Rockhold is; a malignant troll that emerges once a year only to get his **** beaten, then repeat the cycle the following year.

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This guy is a lifetime member of the dweeb society. When Branch beats him, he'll disappear for another year then come out from under his rock to troll people. Very few know that's what a Rockhold is; a malignant troll that emerges once a year only to get his **** beaten, then repeat the cycle the following year.

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bisping has enough balls to take on the p5p greatest fighter on the planet, and rockhold is taking a fight against some ****ing tomato can that nobody has ever heard of and by miracle, somehow even managed to get himself a wikipedia page,  yet rockhold wants to talk about who the coward is.

 

thats just ridiculous.  perhaps he's still on **** street from that epic beatdown michael 'hands of steel' bisping laid out on him.  you dont earn yourself a rematch for a title by sitting on the couch for a year and then signing off to fight a  tomato can. not even conor mcgregor could get away with that. well actually maybe he's the one exception because he brings in money so he can do what he wants,  but not a guy like rockhold.

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bisping has enough balls to take on the p5p greatest fighter on the planet, and rockhold is taking a fight against some ****ing tomato can that nobody has ever heard of and by miracle, somehow even managed to get himself a wikipedia page,  yet rockhold wants to talk about who the coward is.

 

thats just ridiculous.  perhaps he's still on **** street from that epic beatdown michael 'hands of steel' bisping laid out on him.  you dont earn yourself a rematch for a title by sitting on the couch for a year and then signing off to fight a  tomato can. not even conor mcgregor could get away with that. well actually maybe he's the one exception because he brings in money so he can do what he wants,  but not a guy like rockhold.

 

King David was a two weight world champion in his previous promotion, held consecutively.  He would stomp the chit out of Georges.

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King David was a two weight world champion in his previous promotion, held consecutively.  He would stomp the chit out of Georges.

 

 

if by georges, you made a typo and meant to say george roop, then yeah i would have to agree.

 

gsp would take this can to pound town!

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if by georges, you made a typo and meant to say george roop, then yeah i would have to agree.

 

gsp would take this can to pound town!

The Brownsville Bully would leave GSP's **** leaking.
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The best guy Branch has ever beat was his last fight against Jotko and he just barely got the nod there.

 

Luke sleeps him in 3 minutes or less.

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bisping has enough balls to take on the p5p greatest fighter on the planet, and rockhold is taking a fight against some ****ing tomato can that nobody has ever heard of and by miracle, somehow even managed to get himself a wikipedia page,  yet rockhold wants to talk about who the coward is.

 

thats just ridiculous.  perhaps he's still on **** street from that epic beatdown michael 'hands of steel' bisping laid out on him.  you dont earn yourself a rematch for a title by sitting on the couch for a year and then signing off to fight a  tomato can. not even conor mcgregor could get away with that. well actually maybe he's the one exception because he brings in money so he can do what he wants,  but not a guy like rockhold.

 

 

i would fight gsp tomorrow for free, at worst i would have a bald greasy man wriggling ontop of me, i wouldnt fight rockhold tomorrow for free cause i want to keep my health.

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i would fight gsp tomorrow for free, at worst i would have a bald greasy man wriggling ontop of me, i wouldnt fight rockhold tomorrow for free cause i want to keep my health.

 

 

gsp has beat up and defeated every opponent he's ever faced.  rockhold couldnt even land a punch on michael bisping.

 

keep on training on your couch bro. we all know that if you were to take on a guy like gsp, he would surgically reconstruct your face worse than he did jon fitch.

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Does he think he should be the next in line? He had zero title defense and got knocked out in 1 round why does he say he's tired of waiting. What's he waiting for? Shouldn't he be fighting?

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gsp has beat up and defeated every opponent he's ever faced.  rockhold couldnt even land a punch on michael bisping.

 

keep on training on your couch bro. we all know that if you were to take on a guy like gsp, he would surgically reconstruct your face worse than he did jon fitch.

if jake shields can outbox gsp then so could stevie wonder

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if jake shields can outbox gsp then so could stevie wonder

 

lmfao

 

outbox?? what kind of crack are you smoking? the shields vs gsp fight was on the feet the whole time and shields couldnt even win a round in the eyes of even one judge bro. all he did was eat jab sandwiches for 25 minutes.    did he even land a single punch? i doubt it.  the only thing he landed was a poke to gsp's eye.  and in the eyes of the judges and every educated mma fan in the world, he still lost that round. eye pokes and nut shots dont score points bro.

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lmfao

 

outbox?? what kind of crack are you smoking? the shields vs gsp fight was on the feet the whole time and shields couldnt even win a round in the eyes of even one judge bro. all he did was eat jab sandwiches for 25 minutes. did he even land a single punch? i doubt it. the only thing he landed was a poke to gsp's eye. and in the eyes of the judges and every educated mma fan in the world, he still lost that round. eye pokes and nut shots dont score points bro.

Shields won 2 rounds mate.

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King David was a two weight world champion in his previous promotion, held consecutively.  He would stomp the chit out of Georges.

 

relax bro. king david just tapped to strikes to some dude that michael bisping knocked out.

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Calling someone a coward who KO'd you is like lol time.

 

He is acting like a baby,you lost Luke sorry about your luck,maybe next time you'll take the fight and the fighter  more serious.

just because it seems common place to give rematches,i don't agree with them.The ONLY time i want a rematch is if there was a poor decision,nobody should go out like that.Luke lost fair and square,now he has to use his superior reach/height advantage to climb back up.

 

BTW at his height 6'3 there is no way in hell he could fight at 185,so yeah calling another a coward when you are fighting with a big advantage height+weight  seems lol.At least if all fighters had to walk in at the legit 185 Luke would be a skinny toothpick,he would struggle badly.

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i can see interim title defense, rockhold vs bobby knuckles

 

 

i think it will be a loooonnnggg time before the winner of bisping vs gsp fights again

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i can see interim title defense, rockhold vs bobby knuckles

 

 

i think it will be a loooonnnggg time before the winner of bisping vs gsp fights again

Having and interim champ fight anyone but the champ is the dumbest idea ever but I can see that happening too.
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i can see interim title defense, rockhold vs bobby knuckles

 

 

i think it will be a loooonnnggg time before the winner of bisping vs gsp fights again

I agree with both statements.

 

It is a completely joke but I can see the UFC pulling that chit and having Whittaker defending his interim belt while the champ is ACTIVE, HEALTHY AND READY TO FIGHT. Isnt that a joke ?!

 

Bisping will avoid Romero and Luke for as long as he can and GSP would probably try to fight Conor.

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