Rockhold Calls Dibs On Jones Before DC Trilogy
Luke Rockhold’s debut at light heavyweight is a week away, and the former middleweight champion is already eyeing a showdown with current 205 pound champion, Jon Jones.
Rockhold, who fights Jan Blachowicz on the same card as Jones’ defense against Thiago Santos, hopes a win over the Polish fighter will get him into the number one contender slot.
“Jon Jones is right there and I’m not looking to dance around too long,” Rockhold told Submission Radio. “If there’s an opportunity and things work out, I perform, he performs, you never know.”
“I’ve been there through many training camps for Jon Jones so we’ll see. I’m going to go out there and fight my fight and Jon’s got to win his fight.”
“Jon’s just got to get in one time,” Rockhold said of the champs defense against Santos. “He’s a tactful guy. He’s not going to go out there and make a lot of mistakes. He can judge distance well and he gets the takedown, we haven’t seen that man (Santos) on his back and I don’t expect much from him.”
“I’m fighting before ‘DC,’ I’m going to take my dibs if the opportunity presents itself,” Rockhold said of a potential Jones-Cormier trilogy at either light heavyweight or heavyweight.. “‘DC,’ I think it’s foolish for him to try to challenge Jon back down, I think Jon should have to come challenge him up for the heavyweight title. That’s where their natural weight is. Jon is a big guy, he cuts a lot of weight too to get down. Jon is scared to fight ‘DC’ at heavyweight. I don’t know why ‘DC’ thinks he’s got to come back down and fight him to prove some point. It doesn’t make sense.
“Jon ain’t talking about fighting ‘DC’ at heavyweight. He’s kind of beating around the bush and he’s trying to bait him back down and antagonize him a little bit. Jon doesn’t really want to fight ‘DC’ at heavyweight”
“I’m faster than all these guys,” Rockhold claims in comparison to his fellow light heavyweights. “I’m more technical, these guys can’t make mistakes. I’m going to beat them to the spot, I’m going to make them pay. … I got a heavy left kick and he can’t really stop it. One thing everyone knows, is that I’m a son of a (expletive) when I’m on top of you and Jan Blachowicz ain’t getting up if that happens.”