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Luke Rockhold receptive to bout with Tim Boetsch

The state of Zuffa’s middleweight roster has never been more muddled than it currently stands. On the UFC side of things, champion Anderson Silva has a handful of options with none in the bunch being overwhelmingly deserving, while Strikeforce title-holder Luke Rockhold has essentially the same problem minus the divisional depth.

Fortunately for fans, Rockhold isn’t afraid to think outside of the box and is open to an idea both providing him with a suitable opponent and helping the UFC eliminate one of the logs jamming up the front of their 185-pound pool.

Tim Boetsch looked pretty good last weekend,” said the 19-1 Rockhold in an interview with MMAWeekly in reference to Boetsch’s victory over Hector Lombard. “He just beat the Bellator champion; let’s see if he can come beat the Strikeforce champion.”

“The Barbarian” earned a Split Decision over Lombard, who held Bellator’s middleweight belt before joining the UFC, at UFC 149 to notch his fourth consecutive victory. The result improved Boetsch’s overall record to 16-4 including wins at 185 against Nick Ring, Kendall Grove, and Yushin Okami.

If the UFC is unable or unwilling to bring Boetsch over to Strikeforce for at least a single scrap, as they’ve recently done in relation to Frank Mir-Daniel Cormier, Rockhold assumes he’ll be facing Ronaldo Souza in a rematch of the Californian’s title-winning performance last September.

“I’ve already fought him and it’s probably not the smartest decision to want to fight him again, but at the same time ‘Jacare’, he’s the best in the division. From what I feel, he’s the most well-rounded fighter and he’s the toughest guy there,” explained Rockhold. “Like I’ve always said, I want the toughest guys I can get, and if that’s all I can get right now, that’s what I want.”


  • jasonah says:

    sounds like the strike force champ want’s new competition, or to be realavent!

  • qat says:

    Well its understandable. Boetsch won but he did not look that great. He kinda looks beatable and is relevant as a contender as of right now. Same reason why everybody and their mother calls out Bisping, even though i assume Bisping is the better fighter of the two, but he comes with a bigger price tag as well.
    While i dont think Boetsch has any interest going over to SF now, they gotta make something happen.., or at least i would like them to.

  • MCM says:

    Hey Brendhan,
    I read some junk about certain SF fighters, Rockhold being one, that won’t be allowed to cross over to the UFC due to the contract signed with Showtime. Any truth to that?
    If so, I’d be calling out top guys in the UFC left and right if I was locked down in Strikeforce for my foreseeable career. I also think a Boetsch/Rockhold fight makes perfect sense rankings wise and is a lot more likely of happening than Rockhold getting A.Silva or even Chael.


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