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    Luke Rockhold: ‘I got caught, but I feel I’m better than Belfort’
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    BJPenn.com’s Shawn McClure asked Rockhold about his UFC debut saying “It seemed like you got into the UFC and they said ‘Hey, Luke Rockhold, lets give him Vitor, let’s do it in Brazil’ did that shock you at all?”

    “It wasn’t my first thought of how my start of my UFC career would go down” said Rockhold, “but I was excited to fight Vitor.”

    “I’d do it again.” Stated Rockhold “I still feel that I’m the better fighter. I got caught, but you know, I’d go back there in a heartbeat.”

    Rockhold was asked what it was like to fight in Vitor Belfort’s country of Brazil and how that may have affected his performance.

    “It is what it is,” said Rockhold. “(Fighting in Brazil) didn’t play a huge part. You got to have tunnel vision during fight time.” Rockhold went on to say, “shit happens, I got caught, time to move on I guarantee it won’t happen again.”

    Rockhold was scheduled to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 166 but suffered from a torn MCL four weeks prior. Instead C.B. Dollaway replaced him. The injury has hindered Rockhold’s training for sometime now.

    “You got to accept when you can’t do anything,” Said Rockhold, “you can’t throw punches, you can’t kick…the knee was a pretty bad one, I could barely move on it.”

    Rockhold admits ejecting himself from the public eye. Something that is rare for the very open Rockhold. He stated that he “wanted to disappear and distract himself to get over the knee injury.”

    Rockhold stated that he is just now able to work on his boxing and some light sparring, but should be back in the full swing of things within the next few weeks.

    BJPenn.com caught the Middleweight fighter riding with fellow AKA team member Grey Maynard as they were “just cruising back to Santa Cruz”.

    When inquired about how close-knit the team at AKA is Luke commented by saying “Its a good team atmosphere. Everyone’s trying to help each other out, that’s how it’s always been here at AKA.”

    And though Rockhold won’t be able to fight in the event he still plans on attending UFC 166 to support his fellow AKA member.

    “I’m going out tomorrow to support my team mates, my brothers, Cain and D.C. We’ve always helped each other. That’s what makes us such a great team. We’re always pushing each other to be the best.” He also stated that, “D.C. gets pissed when I miss his fights.”

    Rockhold was asked his thoughts on fighting former UFC Middleweight champion Rich Franklin or Middleweight contender Michael Bisping. He seemed to like the idea of fighting “The Count”, but stated that thought it would be an “awesome fight”, he doesn’t see Rich Franklin in the picture much anymore.

    BJPenn.com’s Shawn McClure asked Rockhold what he thought about possibly moving up in weight and fighting in the 205lbs division. Rockhold stated that though he may be comfortable at 205, “my walking around weight is 205”.

    He went on to say, “I feel good (at 185 lbs.). I’ve sparred with a lot of 205 pounders. A little extra weight helps my wrestling and helps a lot of things, and I’m a lot faster than those guys, so I feel really good at that weight. You never know, I might move up, I might take a fight here someday.”

    Luke Rockhold is a very decorated fighter and former Strikeforce Middleweight champion. He’s also a very young fighter and has plenty of time to prove himself in the sport. Many fans have been placing him on the back-burner because of his lost to Belfort, but according to BJPenn.com’s Shawn McClure one must be insane to discredit what he was able to accomplish in Strikeforce.

    But with the Belfort knockout still looming over his head Rockhold has to break free from that image in the fans eyes and prove that he belongs in the sport.

    “I want to get this Vitor fight off my back! I’m tired of hearing people talking about it; I want to get it behind me. I haven’t lost in a long time and its not sitting well right now.” Said Rockhold. “All I want is to get into the cage.”

    According to Rockhold, the people can keep talking because he has big plans in the UFC.

    “People love to (talk), but it’s not going to matter. I’m going to prove myself in the UFC and in my next fight and people will shut their mouths.”

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    LOL first Cigano and now Luke.

    If you get your ass kicked, then just shut up and learn from the loss, train harder and come back better. Instead, they talk about how they are better than their last opponent despite that one of them was destroyed for 10 rounds, and the other one got KTFOd and did absolutely nothing before that.
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff


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    I think alot of people are better fighters then Vitor, but he is so good at doing what he does that it doesn't matter.
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    Someone needs to cheer for those poor souls.

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    I find it amusing how Vitor was annihilated by the laser front kick and punches from Anderson and stated afterward that it would never happen again. Now he finishes Rockhold with that vicious spinning kick and punches and Rockhold also says it would never happen again.

    Reminds me of the movie Pay It Forward. I'm sure Vitor felt great to pass that on to someone else.

    I am eager to see Rockhold back. I have been a fan of his since SF, but I am just a way bigger Vitor fan and have been quietly seething for his comeback through the MW division after his loss to Anderson. I really want to see him get another titleshot, but what I want the most for Vitor is a chance for revenge against Anderson regardless of the belt. It would be golden if Vitor was able to get even with him. His last two wins were those violent showstoppers against Bisping and Rockhold, and prior to the Bones loss, he submitted Rumble and KOd Akiyama. If he defeats Hendo in their rematch at 205, let alone decisively, he will be blazing hot.

    The MW division is fucking awesome right now. We have Weidman and Silva going to war for the crown, Vitor who could be on his way to building one of hell of a win streak and earning another crack at the MW gold, Jacare who has made quite a comeback since his loss to Rockhold, and Machida who just decided to swiftly introduce himself to the party. Not to mention if Sonnen were actually to defeat Rashad, he would be able to go back to the MW division packing some heat, too.

    Things will be very interesting in 2014.

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    I want to see Rockhold against Wanderlei Silva or Hendo, or anyone that can put him to sleep forever.

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    These guys are supposed to feel like this. Fighters are supposed to be confident, even when you loose.

    If i was his Trainer I would expect him to have this exact attitude towards his loss. Take it, learn from it, gain confidence knowing that your opponent won't get lucky again.

    What good would it do if a fighter feels that '10 times out of 10 that other dude will always kick my ass'. None.

    I know we saw the fight and Vitor schooled his ass but thats the right attitude imho. If your gonna compete you gotta believe you can beat ANYBODY.
    Even if they just kicked your ass.
    Last edited by Tongan.Death.Grip; 11-02-2013 at 07:38 AM.

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