After losing his middleweight title to "The Count" at UFC 199 via first-round knockout, Rockhold made his feelings known during the post-fight press conference. He's not happy, and it's not just because he lost the strap – it's because of who he lost it to.
"God. That guy [Bisping] is such a di*k," Rockhold said. "I mean, you show your true colors after a fight, and that fu*king guy comes up to me like, 'Do you know where you are?' Like, I fu*king picked you up off the canvas and gave you respect [when I beat you at UFC Fight Night 55]. That guy is a piece of sh*t, and I want to fu*king come kill him next time around.
"He's just a maggot. Coming to me and saying it like that, those are his true colors."
According to Rockhold, the major failing in his bout was a combination of overconfidence, a desire to try something new, and a little bit of luck falling in the British fighter's favor.
"I believe I had control of that fight from the beginning," Rockhold said. "I just overcommitted, and he caught me. Bisping's a tough dude. I've always said it. He's a warrior, and he'll hang in there. Obviously I didn't respect him enough. I was overcommitting. I tried something I normally don't do. I usually don't commit with the jab. I take my time, and I work my way in. I got caught, and I guess destiny is real, but it's not going to last very long, because I will have my belt back..
"You got lucky. You got lucky. Bisping, I will come back and fu*king kill you. You enjoy your short-lived destiny, my friend. Mark my words."
Rockhold said he's unsure about what his immediate future holds. With Ronaldo Souza waiting in the wings for his shot at middleweight gold and former champ Chris Weidman not far behind, an immediate rematch may not be in the cards. If it is, though, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product likes his chances.
"I guarantee you, you give me that rematch, I will put this man away," Rockhold said. "I will respect him more, but I will put him away – just like I did the first time... I feel like I'm still the best in the game, and I will prove that any time. And I will be back – right here – with the belt back in front of me.
"If I go out there and I fight my fight, this man can't compete with me. I'll prove that any time. I will be back."
Despite all the vitriol, Rockhold had to admit Bisping's performance Saturday at UFC 199 made for an impressive storyline. Bisping battled long odds and emerged victorious, something Rockhold acknowledged.
"Look, Bisping's a di*k, but he's a warrior, he's tough, and he's going to hang in there," Rockhold said. "I gave him an opportunity, and he made the most of it. Give me an opportunity, and it will be the end of it. I think I've earned mine, but I will do what I have to do, but it will be a short-lived destiny."