For someone who's spent some time on the business end of a Vitor Belfort spinning head kick, UFC middleweight contender Luke Rockhold can't wait to get back in the Octagon with 'The Phenom.' Belfort is booked to challenge middleweight champion Chris Weidman Dec. 6 at UFC 181 and Rockhold would like nothing more than to take the strap off him.
"That's a perfect world right there," Rockhold told Submission Radio. "It would be awesome and we would really sell the fight, 'cause there's a couple of people I can shit about. I don't really like to talk shit about a lot of people, but there's a few people. There's Bisping and Vitor are definitely my targets, and I would sell the shit out of that fight, and then I would beat the shit out of them too.
"There's nothing I want more than to fight Vitor Belfort. You know Vitor can talk all he wants, I mean he's not even on this planet. The guy just, nothing makes sense that comes out of his mouth, and his whole life is a lie. I have fun, yeah. People wanna call me a 'Playboy', I like to enjoy myself. I'm young, I'm single, travelling the world and having a good time, but you know I handle business when it's time. Yeah, I wanna fight Vitor, more than anything."
No longer sanctioned to undergo testosterone replacement therapy, Belfort's apparently smaller appearance has been ridiculed by both Weidman and Rockhold.
"There's no doubt," said Rockhold. "He's gonna be a lot different fighter, you know. Who knows what he's gonna be like, but I just don't think he's gonna have much for Weidman. He looks old and he looks like he's got a chicken neck now, so I don't know.
"He looks tiny! I don't know how he's gonna keep the weight on, 'cause he was on UFC on Fox, man the guy looked tiny. He literally looked like a small welterweight."
[Transcription via Submission Radio]
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(Okay, that second part might have been click bait, but I do think the rematch will be markedly anticlimactic.)
When Gustafson pulled out of the rematch I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little excited to hear it. While I believe Gus/Jones 2 will be exciting, it simply lacks the potential for upset that Cormier brings. Now before you go all keyboard warrior on me, laying out all the reasons Gus is the man to dethrone Jones, let's take a minute to look at what made Gus so successful in the first fight, then compare those things to Cormier.
Reach & Size
You simply cannot deny the fact that Gus' size was a huge factor in that fight. While being tall and having reach is not a guarantee for success (stefan struve anyone?), it certainly cannot be discounted, particularly against an opponent who's historically enjoyed a massive advantage in this department. Not taking anything away from Gus, he showed up for that fight, he was tough as nails (count the head kicks the guy took), he outboxed Jones and he used his size well. That said, his primary advantage in this fight was the element of surprise. Is he a better technical boxer than Jones? Unquestionably. Would that have mattered if he was 3 inches shorter with 3 inches less reach? No, and neither would his takedown defense. No matter how you slice it, every major advantage Gus enjoyed in this fight (except toughness) was predicated on his being nearly Jones equal in height and reach, and Jones being poorly prepared for or simply underestimating the importance of that reality.
Gus was clearly the better boxer in the first Jones fight. He managed distance better, he was cleaner in the pocket and he did an excellent job of circling out of Jones advances. Yet, even with better boxing Jones still frequently controlled the pace with his kicks. Granted there is plenty of room to debate whether Jones kicks or Gus' boxing was more significant, but it is undeniable that the balance of power was never completely in any mans corner.
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