Luke Rockhold (13-2) will dance with “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (22-5) tonight in the main event of UFC on Fox 15. The bout may serve as to who will face the winner of Vitor Belfort and current UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman.
Rockhold has tasted defeat from Belfort before and cites that his angered emotions played a huge factor in the match-up. However this week on Fox Sports he vowed revenge on the Brazilian Number 1 contender.
“With the Bisping fight, I wasn’t really sweating it. Yeah, I played into it and wanted to sell a fight, I don’t like the guy, but you could see I wasn’t really sweating anything he said,” Rockhold told FOX Sports on Thursday.
“I’m just not going to do it again. I was pissed off going into the Vitor fight. I felt like they had no respect for me or what I had done and in my debut to go fight Vitor Belfort on steroids in Brazil, I just felt they didn’t get behind me, didn’t back me. I went in there trying to beat him for so many reasons. I wanted to beat him for a clean sport and for my debut and having to be in Brazil. It was just a whole new scene.”
“I don’t think Vitor deserves anything. I wish nothing good for him,” Rockhold said. “I think Weidman’s the better fighter and I think he’s going to go out there and win. If Vitor were to win, sure it would be sweet to go out there and get my revenge and take the title from him, of course.”
Rockhold’s focus tonight however is on Machida, a fight that was supposed to happen over a year ago. Luke is confident that he will win and believes he will stay in tip-top condition in case he will be picked to be next in line to face whoever emerges as UFC Middleweight Champion.
“It’s fell apart three times already. I’m not holding to it right now,” Rockhold said. “Scary thing is I’m probably going to have to stay in shape after this fight just in case something happens. I want to see it. I’m very curious to see how Vitor looks and Weidman’s the champ, so I’m very curious to see how it all plays out, but I’m still fingers crossed.”