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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Luke Rockhold Sends Warning To ‘Princess’ Jon Jones

Luke Rockhold has his sights set on light heavyweight gold. Rockhold has had success as a middleweight, but it has become clear that the weight cutting is too much. Before his clash with Yoel Romero back in February 2018, Rockhold was interviewed by Me…

Luke Rockhold has his sights set on light heavyweight gold. Rockhold has had success as a middleweight, but it has become clear that the weight cutting is too much. Before his clash with Yoel Romero back in February 2018, Rockhold was interviewed by Megan Olivi and he looked drained and even had slurred speech. Rockhold […]

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Luke Rockhold Says He’s Coming For ‘Princess’ Jon Jones

Luke Rockhold says that he’s coming after newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. There might be an issue with this callout as Jones is rumored to fight rising prospect Anthony Smith in his next title defense. The former UFC middleweight champion is obviously a bigger name than Smith and could be booked against […]

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Luke Rockhold says that he’s coming after newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

There might be an issue with this callout as Jones is rumored to fight rising prospect Anthony Smith in his next title defense. The former UFC middleweight champion is obviously a bigger name than Smith and could be booked against Jones. It all comes down to the entertainment era that we are currently in with the UFC.

Last month, Rockhold made it known that he is ready to make his move to the UFC light heavyweight division after having a successful run at middleweight. He was supposed to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 230 in November but had to pull out.

While doing a recent interview with TMZ Sports, he called out Jones for a fight under the UFC banner.

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“Hold tight, I’m coming, Princess. I’m a different man at this weight, with the power behind me. I’m moving up to get after him. So, that’s what I’m here for.”

“The last couple years, I’ve been compromising myself so much to get down to ’85. My body just falls apart in training camp the last few weeks,” Rockhold said (H/T to MMAJunkie). “(Being at 205) just feels right. I feel healthy. I feel comfortable. I’m excited to take down these light heavyweights. I just don’t see a lot there.”

Rockhold is coming off a loss to Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC 221 in Australia. He was originally slated to fight Robert Whittaker for the middleweight title at the event. However, the promotion had to make changes to the card once Whittaker pulled out with an injury.

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