"Bisping's not going to come through. I'm sure of that," Rockhold told Fight Now TV. "Who knows? If Vitor [Belfort] can come back or I'll have to rematch Jacaré [Souza]. Maybe the winner of [Mark] Munoz and [Gegard] Mousasi. I'm not looking to take a step back. I want to move forward. I want to get that title shot. I want to beat whoever's in front of me. Vitor's my No. 1 pick."
Belfort unceremoniously welcomed Rockhold to the UFC last May in Brazil, connecting on a blistering spinning head kick that sent the former Strikeforce champion packing inside the first round. Sandwiched between similar finishes to Michael Bisping in January and Dan Henderson in November, the Rockhold stoppage earned Belfort 'Knockout of the Year' honors in 2013.
"I don't believe anything the guy says and I don't believe he's clean," said Rockhold. "I think he's been dirty his whole career. I'm going to go out there and say that. Whatever. I'm going to be myself. I'm tired of holding back. I'm going to be real. The real MMA fans know what's going on and if you believe he's clean, or anything that comes out of his mouth, I kind of feel sorry for the people that do. I don't have a lot of respect for the guy.
"I like clean fighters. I like clean sport. I always fight clean and I always have and always will. I don't have a lot of respect for cheaters."
5 MUST-READ STORIES
All things Dillashaw. Chuck Mindenhall reminds us how little we know about MMA, Luke Thomas explains how T.J. Dillashaw rewrote the laws of the MMA universe and Dave Doyle's Aftermath recaps everything that was UFC 173.
Dillashaw's post-fight Octagon interview with Joe Rogan.
Daniel Cormier pleads his case for fighting Jon Jones.
DC calls his own highlights.
Make sure to check out our Pros React piece for instant reaction from UFC 173.
Had a blast this weekend in Vegas! Best carry-on ever!!! Need to travel with it more often, instantly... http://t.co/X2QkW6dLJb— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) May 26, 2014
Hey champ, can we talk now? @JonnyBones— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 26, 2014
Thanks to all the fans!! What a @ufc fight card. Everyone came to fight.— robbie lawler (@Ruthless_RL) May 25, 2014
I'd like to take a second and thank all the non delusional fans out there. And to others, you provide great jokes on my mentions daily.— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) May 26, 2014
Wasn't a pretty win, had some ugly TD attempts but thank you to everyone for the support. It means the world to me!!— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) May 25, 2014
Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) May 25, 2014
Shoutout to my referee from this past Weekend. I've known Mark since my Tuff N Uff days. http://t.co/nJ2JUykeDn— Chris Holdsworth (@holdsworth135) May 26, 2014
I immediately regret eating all that Mcdonalds #iregretnothing— Mitch Clarke (@MitchClarkeMMA) May 27, 2014
The next morning of my fight after surgery on a fractured orbital. Here's another fun fact for... http://t.co/eckMv86F2M— Vinc Pichel (@FromHellPichel) May 25, 2014
Before and after the weight cut http://t.co/NPn1HJkgyK— Samuel Sicilia (@SamSiciliaMMA) May 26, 2014
Better luck next time.
Galera, muito obrigado por todo o apoio recebido pelas redes sociais; aos meus patrocinadores, como... http://t.co/3q6wtjBgIM— Renan Barão (@RenanBaraoUFC) May 26, 2014
Guys, thanks for all the support received through social networks; my sponsors as @ pretorian_hard solinvestrn @ @ cers ; and my partners kimuranu @ and # novauniao . Was well prepared for this fight and I guarantee you'll be even stronger next time. Come back even better and I will reclaim what is mine. What is ours! I was prepared for this fight and I guarantee I'll be better next time. I'll come back and I'll take back what is mine! Thanks again!
Two fractured bones and torn ligaments! I have to see a specialist next week. Thanks for the support!— Jamie Varner (@jamievarner) May 25, 2014
I will be back ,LAS VEGAS. pic.twitter.com/0OfAs0x99B— 菊野克紀 (@kikunokatsunori) May 25, 2014
@holdsworth135 yea u had a few of those subs pretty close. I'm going to come train with you guys soon. Thanks for the learning experience— Chico Camus (@KOMCamus) May 25, 2014
Eyes getting better starting to see clearer now. http://t.co/45rtbLG0i2— Anthony Njokuani (@anthonynjoku) May 26, 2014
Finally watched the fight. I was so slow after the first round, I walked straight in flat footed without any head movement. It was bad— David Michaud (@bulldawg170) May 26, 2014
Memorial Day training.
Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) May 26, 2014
After a long session hitting pads with Longo we finished strong on the bag. Happy Memorial Day! http://t.co/6R6kuvSigL— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) May 27, 2014
In case you missed it.
Just not right.
Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) May 26, 2014
À Paris c'est après-midi à la sortie de mon hôtel, j'étais nerveux quand les gendarmes sont arrivés.... http://t.co/xXDpA12J9E— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) May 26, 2014
"In Paris it's afternoon out of my hotel, I was nervous when the police arrived. It was not to stop me but just to take pictures ... lol"
In case you held out hope for Rampage vs. Newton.
Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) May 27, 2014
Maybe one day you'll be good at talking shit @Justin_Gaethje. Till then take some pics w/ the belt bc on July 5th it's coming home w/ me.— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) May 27, 2014
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day! pic.twitter.com/Y65r6AoJMk— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) May 26, 2014
Watch out, Buffer.
Strong weekend for butts. (Possibly NSFW)
Chris Leben (@cripplerufc) May 26, 2014
Rose Namajunas (@rosenamajunas) May 26, 2014
Announced yesterday (May 23-26 2014)
Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le at UFC FIght Night: Bisping vs. Le
Hector Lombard vs. Dong Hyun Kim at UFC FIght Night: Bisping vs. Le
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Vitor Miranda at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale
Richardson Moreira vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale
Ricardo Abreu vs. Wagner Silva at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via RandomthLover.
Writing this the day after the fight: Sunday 25th of May. My fan heart is still pretty much in shock and quite devastated. This wasnt my first PPV to watch at all but some how seeing Barao lose like that got me BIG TIME, here why:
Renan Barao, one of the greatest brasilian MMA fighters out there, was coming to this fight with an impressive 34-1 -1 record. 7 wins with the UFC and 2 with WEC. Only 1 loss in his entire pro career and it was in fact in his debut. Those are some amazing stats that you will hardly see in any other fighter in the UFC, Jose Aldo included.
Along with these, there is something about brasilians that simply amazes me. They have an incredible amount of heart and passion to became the best, that they will simply not stop till they actually are. Thats the story of Barao.
Born in Natal, Brasil, this kis had everything to be nothing but poor and homeless. He was raised by his grandparents as both of his parents separated and started new lives of their own. He lived in a favela, that if someone doesnt know, is the poorest part of Brasil. The amount of deliquency, poorness, prostitution and drug traffic is something of its own. Thats why sports in Brasil are so important, it gives people a reason to move foward and being the best. That mind set is what tells them apart.
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