Luke Rockhold To Make Light Heavyweight Debut At UFC 239

Luke Rockhold to make his debut at light heavyweight when he returns to action at the upcoming UFC 239 pay-per-view event. The news was made on Wednesday by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Twitter. The former UFC middleweight champion is slated to fight Luke Rockhold to Jan Blachowicz on July 6th as part of International Fight […]

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Luke Rockhold to make his debut at light heavyweight when he returns to action at the upcoming UFC 239 pay-per-view event.

The news was made on Wednesday by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Twitter. The former UFC middleweight champion is slated to fight Luke Rockhold to Jan Blachowicz on July 6th as part of International Fight week in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.

The preliminary card will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET and the the UFC’s streaming service, Fight Pass.Okamoto wrote the following:

“Breaking: Former UFC and Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold will move up in weight to face Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, per multiple sources.”

Rockhold is ready to make his move to the UFC light heavyweight division after having a successful run at middleweight. The former UFC middleweight champion had a good run in the division but now thinks it’s a good time to move up in weight.

For Rockhold, who was supposed to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 230 in November but had to pull out, it’s time to make a change. Rockhold’s last fight came at the UFC 221 event where he lost by KO in the third round.

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Luke Rockhold Set for LHW Debut Against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239

Luke Rockhold is finally making the leap to 205. The former middleweight champion is reported to be facing Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada, as reported by ESPN. Luke Rockhold has been planning jumping up for some time now and h…

Luke Rockhold is finally making the leap to 205. The former middleweight champion is reported to be facing Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada, as reported by ESPN. Luke Rockhold has been planning jumping up for some time now and has long been eyeing a clash with Jon Jones […]

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Anthony Smith Rips Luke Rockhold for Talking Trash Ahead of UFC 235

Anthony Smith is more than happy to answer any challenge made to him but he is still trying to figure out why former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold keeps running his mouth. After the UFC 235 main event was announced with Smith facing Jon Jones wit…

Anthony Smith is more than happy to answer any challenge made to him but he is still trying to figure out why former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold keeps running his mouth. After the UFC 235 main event was announced with Smith facing Jon Jones with the light heavyweight title up for grabs, Rockhold decided to […]

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Luke Rockhold Mocks UFC Booking Jon Jones Vs. Anthony Smith

Luke Rockhold doesn’t agree with the No. 3-ranked Anthony Smith getting the next crack at Jon Jones’ light heavyweight title. Rockhold, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, seems to be done with the 185-pound division. He has been hinting at that very thing for the past several months. Injuries prevented Rockhold from competing most of 2018 […]

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Luke Rockhold doesn’t agree with the No. 3-ranked Anthony Smith getting the next crack at Jon Jones’ light heavyweight title.

Rockhold, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, seems to be done with the 185-pound division. He has been hinting at that very thing for the past several months. Injuries prevented Rockhold from competing most of 2018 but the American Kickboxing Academy fighter appears ready to return to action this year.

As for when Rockhold does finally make his debut in the light heavyweight division, he’s aiming for early April. What does not seem clear, however, is whom he will be facing. Several of the top light heavyweights currently have fights scheduled, but he only wants to battle one of the best.

“I was shooting for late March, but we’re looking like early April now,” Rockhold said on The MMA Hour. “It just depends on what opponents fall where they may. I know Jon really wanted another fight really quick, for some reason. So he got this Anthony Smith fight [at UFC 235], so we’ll see.

“I know a couple of the other top guys are matched up. I think Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz [are matched up]. Corey Anderson looked decent the other night [at UFC 232] too. I’m looking for a top guy.”

Having already reached the heights of the middleweight division, Rockhold believes he will have a much easier time ascending his new home. Saying the division was “there for the taking” on social media.

“Anthony Smith just got a title shot,” mocked Rockhold. “He couldn’t sniff a top 10 at middleweight… [Smith’s fight against Jones] will be over in the less than a round. That’s why I don’t understand why they made this fight.”

Never one to bite his tongue, Rockhold did not hold back when addressing his fellow-205-pound-fighters.

“[Anderson] could last a few rounds maybe [against Jones],” said Rockhold. “I think Jan is probably one the toughest guys there. Just a tough durable guy. Not very skilled in so many ways, but durable.”

Rockhold then turned his attention to three-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson. The former Strikeforce and UFC champ gave Gus credit but it looks like Rockhold no longer has a desire to fight the Swedish fighter. Rockhold is taking a much more strategic approach to his matchmaking.

“Alex is decent,” said Rockhold. “He obviously has some holes in his game on the ground. So, we’ll see where it lies. We’ll see where he falls back in and what the UFC wants to do. Obviously, I want to fight a guy on his way to the title and make a statement. But, it just depends on what falls. There’s a few options. We’re talking to the UFC and we’ll see. We’ll see what falls on the right date. I’m looking for one fight to put me where I need to be.”

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Anthony Smith Would Fight ‘A**hole’ Luke Rockhold At Walmart

Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is currently expected to be Jon Jones’ next challenger for the 205-pound title. However, it appears he could already have another opponent at light heavyweight lined up as well. Recently, former UFC middlewei…

Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is currently expected to be Jon Jones’ next challenger for the 205-pound title. However, it appears he could already have another opponent at light heavyweight lined up as well. Recently, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold took aim at Smith. Hyping his eventual jump to 205 pounds, Rockhold is also eying a […]

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Luke Rockhold Says Jon Jones Wants None Of DC At Heavyweight

Luke Rockhold isn’t holding his breath on Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier III at heavyweight. Rockhold may have moved on from American Kickboxing Academy, but he’s still a good friend of Cormier. “DC” has had a bitter feud with Jon…

Luke Rockhold isn’t holding his breath on Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier III at heavyweight. Rockhold may have moved on from American Kickboxing Academy, but he’s still a good friend of Cormier. “DC” has had a bitter feud with Jones and both men have fought each other twice. Jones initially had two wins over Cormier, […]

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