After reports surfaced that claimed Cain Velasquez could be stripped of the UFC Heavyweight Championship, his A.K.A. teammate Luke Rockhold was quick to come to his defense.
“I don’t think it’s that fair,” said Rockhold in a recent interview. “I mean, really, if you look at the picture with Anthony Pettis, how long has he been out? Dominick Cruz? Cain has proven himself as the best heavyweight of all-time, it’d be hard to strip that. I don’t know, maybe it’s emotions running high.”
Rockhold continued, “Look at what’s going on here in Mexico, I’m sure they’re going to want to come back here real soon, right? Who better to headline that than the winner of this versus Cain? That’s going to be a pretty big sell. Cain’s doing everything right, he’s on track. I talked to him last night, and he’s doing what he has to do. He’ll be ready by spring.”
“That’s not the title. Interim titles are not titles,” Rockhold said. “You’re not the champion if you’re the interim champion, period. Cain is the champ. This is not the real title. Interim is interim, unless you’re going out there defending and the guy is out for days. This is an obvious case where we all know who the champ is.”