Luke Rockhold believes that he will be able to do something that his longtime teammate, Daniel Cormier, has tried and failed to do on two occasions, beat the current Light Heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones.
Rockhold was the UFC Middleweight Champion for 175 days from 2015 into 2016, before losing it to bitter rival Michael Bisping, but the former champ is set to move up a weight class to 205lbs. Rockhold believes this move can reignite his career and he let TMZ know that he’s willing to take on anyone at 205lbs, even the consensus greatest of all time, Jon Jones. Jon Jones recently returned to action following his second drug-test suspension at UFC 232. In a heavily anticipated rematch, Jones was victorious against Alexander Gustafsson via third-round TKO to win UFC gold for the third time in his career (including one interim belt) and see his professional record rise to 23-1 (1 NC)
The one defeat on Jones’ record came by way of a disqualification back in 2009 against Matt Hamill, coming as a result of 12-to-6 ground and pound elbows, a controversially illegal move. However, Rockhold believes he can be the first man to give Jones his first legitimate defeat.
“I thought he looked beatable. He’s good on the feet, he’s tactical, Jon, he adjusts and he fights to his advantages. I like my advantages versus his. He’s great, he’s good everywhere, but I don’t think he’s the most technical on the feet. I don’t think he’s got the most power.”
“I’m a different man at this weight, the power behind me. I’m moving up to get after him, so that’s what I’m here for.”
When asked how he matches up with Jones stylistically, Rockhold oozed confidence, telling TMZ:
“Look, I like it. I’ll come up, prove it. I’ll pick off somebody, you’ll see my next fight. It will be a top fight and I’ll come prove myself.”
Luke Rockhold currently holds a record of 6 wins and 3 losses in the UFC Middleweight division, losing by vicious knockout in two of his last three defeats. Before his dip in form, Rockhold boasted finishes over big names like Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, and Michael Bisping and Rockhold believes that moving up to a more comfortable weight limit will allow him to find his form and chase a UFC belt again.
“Health-wise I’m finally back to health, it feels good to fight at my natural weight, the last couple of years, I’ve been compromising myself to get down to ‘85 and my body just falls apart in training camp the last few weeks to get your body fat so low. I’ve never felt so bad at my last fight during the weight cut.”
“So it 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.”
His interview with TMZ ended with a simple message for the middleweight champ:
“Just hold tight, I’m coming, princess.”
Watch Luke Rockhold’s full interview below: