Bisping Says He ‘Stole Rockhold’s Soul’
At UFC 199 last summer, Michael Bisping stepped up on 17 days notice to replace Chris Weidman in the UFC middleweight title main event bout. At the event, Bisping pulled off what may be one of the biggest upsets in MMA title fight history, knocking Luke Rockhold out in the first round to win the title.
Since then, we have certainly seen a lot of Bisping over the past year. He retained the middleweight title against rival Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in October, earning revenge from a knockout loss to Henderson at UFC 100 in July 2009. He’s on many UFC on FOX Sports 1 broadcasts as an analysts. And when Yoel Romero defeated Weidman at UFC 205, Bisping was there at Madison Square Garden, and hints began to drop at a potential war of words between the two on the road to Romero’s future title shot.
But Rockhold is practically nowhere to be seen. Rockhold was scheduled to face Ronaldo Souza at UFC Fight Night 101 in November, but Rockhold withdrew due to an ACL injury. Souza recently mocked Rockhold, claiming he faked the injury, and the middleweight champion has his own choice of words for Rockhold.
Bisping, on a recent edition of The MMA Hour, said he feels Rockhold is probably finished with the UFC after taking his title.
"What is Luke Rockhold doing?" Bisping asked. "When did he say he’s going to fight again? What are his plans? I do believe we are now almost in March. That fight was in June. I don’t know what happened there, but I think I took his soul. I don’t think we’ll ever see Luke Rockhold again. I beat the [expletive] out of him. I don’t know, I think he’s done. The way he went down, I think so. Why hasn’t he fought again?
"A lot of time has passed. If that were me, I would’ve been right back in there."
Rockhold has stated he is looking to return to the UFC this coming summer, once he is fully recovered from the injury.