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Rockhold Calls UFC Offer “Bull$%&@”

(Former Strikeforce Champion Luke Rockhold)

t’s good to be the champion.

And it’s bad when you lose the title.

Reebok money for the champion is $40,000. If you lose the title, next fight could be as low as $2,500. As champion, T.J. Dillashaw made a disclosed income of $70,000 to show and another $70,000 to win, plus a cut of the PPV. His next fight was for a disclosed 25/25, plus $10,000 in Reebok money.

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold made $250,000, plus $40,000 in Reebok money, plus perhaps $1 for  each of the estimated 380,000 UFC 199 pay per view buys over 200,000. And Rockhold lost to Michael Bisping.

The offer for his next fight is apparently radically less.

“Look, a lot of people are asking ‘when are you going to fight?’” said Rockhold on

. “I might have a bout agreement in the mail, but the money is bullshit. When the money is right, I’ll be ready to fight.”

Plus, Rockhold has looks such that MMA personality Joe Rogan famously quipped, “The only reason anybody got laid, anywhere, is because Luke Rockhold wasn’t there at the time.”

Rockhold has offers on the table to model. During a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, the fighter said he has options, and won’t fight unless he is better compensated.

“I’m a fighter at heart, but I’m here to get paid,” said Rockhold, as transcribed by Anton Tabuena for BE. “So if there’s more potential [in modeling], I’ll take it. And we’re talking big numbers, so I could laugh and let my body heal and wait for the time’s right to come back and fight when it makes sense.”

“I’m not going to just go out there and put my body on the line when I can get paid that much more in this world.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.