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Dana White shoots down Luke Rockhold’s ‘ridiculous’ request for interim UFC middleweight title

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, has not competed since defending his 185-pound strap against longtime nemesis Dan Henderson at UFC 204 back in October.

And he’s likely not going to fight again until this summer.

That extended layoff, at least according to comments made by Luke Rockhold — who coughed up his crown to Bisping at UFC 194 — is enough to warrant an interim strap for those folks ready, willing, and able to fight.

Promotion president Dana White, however, disagrees.

“Luke should really wait for his next shot at something, next fight or something, because that’s kind of a ridiculous statement,” White told TSN.ca after UFC 210 on Saturday night (via Bloody Elbow). “Not only is Bisping ready and willing to defend the title, he’s waiting on GSP right now. And he also said, ‘As soon as this GSP fight is over, if I win the title again, I will defend against Romero immediately.’ So no.”

Assuming Romero isn’t busy doing this.

Bisping is expected to welcome the returning Georges St-Pierre back to the Octagon later this year, a fight that needed time to come to fruition after “The Count” opted for knee surgery while “GSP” got his drug-testing ducks in a row.

Sure, substitute straps have been made for much less, but that’s none of my business.

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Fabricio Werdum on Luke Rockhold’s callout: ‘Why would I fight a chicken?’

It looks like the rivalry between former UFC champions Fabricio Werdum and Luke Rockhold won’t be settled inside the Octagon.

Rockhold, an ex-middleweight champion, called out the 240-pound Brazilian following his comments on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, saying he’d move up to heavyweight to squash his beef with Werdum.

“Everyone’s steaming over this new fight I brought up,” Rockhold said Wednesday night on UFC Tonight. “I think me and Werdum got some old beef from Strikeforce. He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight. I’ve thought it through and I like the style matchup.

“Given what’s going on in the middleweight division right now, screw that, I’m coming to heavyweight. Let’s do this.”

Werdum, who bounced back into the win column with a win over Travis Browne after losing the UFC heavyweight championship to Stipe Miocic, recently had another fight canceled when Ben Rothwell got flagged for a potential USADA violation. He surely doesn’t like Rockhold, but is looking for bigger competition as he moves closer to another shot at the heavyweight championship.

“I only fight people, I don’t fight chickens,” Werdum told MMA Fighting after Rockhold’s comments. “He’s just promoting himself because he knows nobody is talking about him. I’m one step away from the belt. Why would I fight a chicken?”

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UFC 199 Results: Michael Bisping Ends Rockhold’s Reign

When they first clash a few years ago, it wasn’t even that competitive. Luke Rockhold stunned Michael Bisping on the feet, then finished him with a choke. But thanks to Chris Weidman getting injured, they’re fighting again – and this time Rockhold has the belt and Bisping is finally getting his title shot. So how’s […]

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UFC 199 Results: Michael Bisping Ends Rockhold’s Reign

When they first clash a few years ago, it wasn’t even that competitive. Luke Rockhold stunned Michael Bisping on the feet, then finished him with a choke. But thanks to Chris Weidman getting injured, they’re fighting again – and this time Rockhold has the belt and Bisping is finally getting his title shot. So how’s […]

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UFC 199 Results: Michael Bisping Ends Rockhold’s Reign

When they first clash a few years ago, it wasn’t even that competitive. Luke Rockhold stunned Michael Bisping on the feet, then finished him with a choke. But thanks to Chris Weidman getting injured, they’re fighting again – and this time Rockhold has the belt and Bisping is finally getting his title shot. So how’s […]

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Lyoto Machida: Luke Rockhold’s ground game ‘doesn’t scare me at all’

Fresh off the fastest win of his professional career, Lyoto Machida is already back in the gym to prepare for his next fight.

After dispatching C.B. Dollaway in 62 seconds at UFC Fight Night 58 in December with a vicious kick to the body, “The Dragon” will headline UFC on FOX 15 in Newark on April 18 against fellow middleweight contender Luke Rockhold, and is happy to be in his fifth straight UFC main event.

“That’s great because it shows that this fight is interesting and important, that people really want to watch it,” Machida told MMAFighting.com. “Being in the main event again is great, and I want to give the fans a great performance.”

Machida is 3-1 since cutting down to 185 pounds, with his only loss coming in a five-round fight with UFC champion Chris Weidman, while Rockhold enters the bout coming off stoppage wins over Michael Bisping, Tim Boetsch and Costas Philippou.

“I think this is a good fight for me,” the Brazilian said. “He has a good striking, but I’m ready. If the fight goes to the ground, I will also be ready for everything he does, and I will try to surprise him as well. He’s a top 5, he’s been doing great in his fights and his ground game is really good, but I can go to the ground with him and do well. His ground game doesn’t scare me at all.”

Rockhold’s only loss in the past 13 fights came against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in 2013, but Machida won’t look too much to that spinning heel kick to find openings to work on.

“Every fight is different. I don’t look much to the past, I just see how he is today,” Machida said. “It’s hard to say. I can see holes in his game. I haven’t studied his fights yet, but from what I already watched before, his fights in the UFC and Strikeforce, it’s a tough fight, but I’m confident. He’s a complete fighter.”

Belfort was the only fighter to finish Rockhold under the UFC and Strikeforce banner, but “The Dragon” is planning on giving the American Kickboxing Academy fighter another stoppage loss.

“I will go for the knockout or a submission, but I can’t make a prediction on how I’m going to win,” he said. “(Rockhold) is really tough, so I can’t say much. We will have to wait and see.”

Both Machida and Rockhold want a shot at the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort, a title bout scheduled for UFC 184 on Feb. 28. The Ronaldo Souza vs. Yoel Romero winner could also get the shot since they will now face each other at UFC on FOX 15.

“That might happen,” Machida said. “Of course that I want to fight for the title, but that’s not something I’m thinking about right now. I have a tough fight ahead of me and I have to concentrate, but a win over Luke Rockhold will obviously put me right up there because we’re both close to fighting for the UFC title.

“2015 is going to be a great year, a year of big fights. I already have my first challenge. Rockhold called me out, and I’m ready. I want to become champion again. Rockhold is a tough guy, is coming off a lot of wins, and it’s going to be a big fight. My focus is the title. I want to be the middleweight champion.”

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Gracie Breakdown of Luke Rockhold’s win at UFC Fight Night 55

Check out the Gracie breakdown with Rener and Ryron Gracie, along with CM Punk, take a closer look at Luke Rockhold’s submission win of Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 55 on Friday night.

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Michael Bisping explains why he won’t accept Luke Rockhold’s bet — he doesn’t want any excuses

It didn’t take long for the feud between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping to heat up at Wednesday night’s UFC Fight Night 55 press conference in Sydney, Australia. The UFC’s managing director for operations in Canada, Australian and New Zealand, Tom Wright — fresh off a long flight from Toronto — had barely introduced the main eventers to the media before the barbs started to fly.

After Bisping gave a brief introduction, it was Rockhold’s turn.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m used to the main event, and I’ll be very comfortable in that position. I’ve gone five rounds a couple of times, but I’m very accustomed to one-round fights myself, too. I have ten of those that have finished in the first round, and this will be my eleventh.”

“Well I have 15 first round finishes compared to your ten, just for the record, Lukey boy,” Bisping shot back. “And I’ll make this easy, just to use your line.”

Here Rockhold asked if any of those finishes came in the UFC, which triggered another back-and-forth before Wright could even open the floor to the media for questions.

The first question centered on Rockhold’s proposal for a bet between him and Bisping, in which he would give Bisping his entire purse if he didn’t score a first round finish, and would receive Bisping’s if he did. When told that Jason Parillo, Bisping’s striking coach, wanted in on the bet, and asked where things stood with it, Rockhold explained that the bet wasn’t taken.

“[Bisping] backed out of that,” Rockhold said. “He said it was…a bad example for your son, is that what I heard through the grapevine?”

“Here’s the thing, I’ve never been finished in one round in my life,” Bisping said. “And when I beat you, I don’t want you to have the excuse that, ‘oh, I was going all out in the first round so I could finish you because I wanted to win this bet.’ Obviously, if you look at me and you look at Luke you can clearly see that Luke needs the money. I dress in the fanciest clothes, Luke…Luke you’re supposed to wear a suit here, it’s a press conference.

“Incidentally, I get paid four or five times more than you. There’s a reason why that is. Perhaps I will donate you some money to got out and buy yourself a suit when I kick your ass on Nov. 8.”

Rockhold, who is going against a seasoned veteran in trash talking, was shorter in his caution.

“Bisping, no amount of training you do is going to save you from the beating you’re about to endure. I promise you.”

Here Bisping laughed, and regaled the media with a recent story about Rockhold.

“This isn’t the WWE,” Bisping said. “Let me tell you a little story guys. Saturday night, I was working FOX calling the fights, and Luke’s friend Daniel Cormier is a regular on FOX and he’s talking to Luke, and he says, ‘Bisping, you’ve got to hear this.’ So he puts it on loud speaker, and Luke’s screaming like some kind of possessed maniac, like some bully going, ‘you don’t understand, Bisping, I’m going to walk through your pitter-patter punches, you’re in a world of pain, you’re in trouble.’ And I’m just laughing my head off. He’s absolutely hilarious. I’ve had over 30 professional fights, if you think you intimidate me, if you think you scare me, then you are so mistaken my friend. Okay? I’ve fought many of you, many times.

“Just relax, and I’ll see you on Nov. 8.”

When Rockhold said he respected those comments, but that the Brit had no idea what was in store for him, Bisping fired away again.

“It’s funny, there’s a little tag team, for those diehard MMA fans, there was an event in San Jose recently [UFC 177],” he said. “Luke Rockhold and another San Jose native, Cung Le, we’re both up on the stage, giving a little back-and-forth, a little tag team, a little circus act looking like a pair of douchebags, saying, ‘oh yeah, you’re going to beat him, I’m going to beat him, you’re going to beat him — ooh, let’s all beat him!’

“But 50 percent of that duo, Cung Le, that ended with him having three broken ribs, a broken jaw, a broken nose…if you think about pitter-patter punches, I don’t know if Cung Le’s checked out of the hospital yet? But if he has? Or when he does? Maybe go and see him, and talk about those pitter-patter punches.”

Here Tom Wright jumped in and took the second question.

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