UFC President Dana White tries to use the martial arts media to pressure former 185-pound champ Luke Rockhold to take on a comeback bout against aspiring middleweight masturbator Sean Strickland.
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“I think Dana is trying to make it harder than it has to be, obviously just because of my openness about various things,” Rockhold told Submission Radio. “He goes out and says they offered Sean Strickland after it wasn’t actually offered. There was no fight date, there was no formal offer. He just wants to get it out, like to put pressure on it. I don’t know, that’s just stupid. “
This is not the first time Rockhold Strickland has been featured as a potential opponent. But “Tarzan” was still a “goddamn nobody” when negotiations began, though Strickland could be in a better position after beating Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 33.
“They offered me Sean a while ago and I just wasn’t interested because he’s just a bloody nobody,” Rockhold explained. “It wasn’t the fight I wanted. It didn’t make sense, nobody knew about him, and I didn’t care about him. And now it’s like Dana pissed me off with it. And now he was obviously out there, he beat Uriah Hall, he looked decent, and he took a ranking. So there is something you can work with now, I think. “
Rockhold (16-5), who will be 37 years old in a few weeks, has not competed since Jan Blachowicz knocked him out at UFC 239 in the summer of 2019, an achievement that sent the former Strikeforce champion back to middleweight division.
“It may not be the fight I wanted, but you’re giving me the right ticket,” said Rockhold. “There are still things that have to be worked out and ironed out. It’s not a closed deal. So, get me on MSG (Madison Square Garden), pull me up on something big, get me on something funny. Put me on something that will make me stand up. Because I don’t come back without a reason. “
UFC hopes to have its “Big Apple” return to MSG in November.