Rockhold to White: “Think Before You Run Your Mouth”

UFC President Dana White did a media scrum following UFC 211 this weekend, and among other topics he touched on the recent trend of fighters being unhappy with the promotion’s decisions. He specifically had some harsh words for former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

Rockhold has expressed his frustration with the UFC’s handling of the middleweight division, starting with the choice to book Georges St. Pierre against champion Michael Bisping and thus slighting the division’s top contenders. Though that fight has been scrapped, Rockhold was still on the receiving end of some vitriol from the UFC boss on Saturday.

“There’s a lot of guys talking about ‘deserve’ — nobody deserves anything. You’ve got to earn it here. You’ve got [Luke] Rockhold screaming right now ‘I deserve this’. You just got knocked out in the first round. You’ve got to come back and earn it,” White told FOX Sports at the UFC 211 post fight press conference.

“The guy just got knocked out in the first round by Michael Bisping and he thinks he deserves this and he deserves that. You earn it. You want to come back and you want to fight for the title? Get back in here and earn it. That’s it.”

Rockhold took to Twitter on Tuesday and did not mince words when speaking to his boss:

Rockhold does not currently have a fight booked but has discussed taking on Gegard Mousasi in a clash of top-five contenders. His recent comments, however, will not have him in good graces with the UFC brass.

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