Of late, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has been a lot more open about his feelings for the UFC and the way they run things. Before his scheduled fight against Paulo Costa takes place, the fighter has been trying his best to promote his return, or more specifically a homecoming, to middleweight.
In one such instance, Rockhold recently spoke to Helen Yee after the former champion finished with a session of pickleball. In the interview, Rockhold discussed a variety of topics ranging from his upcoming fight against Costa to his planned training session with AKA teammate and now Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Rockhold was his usual awkward self, mumbling the answers to everything Yee asked, and it was in this situation when he was asked about Jon Jones and his future rise to heavyweight. Rockhold had himself expressed interest in facing the former light heavyweight champion during his brief stint at light heavyweight, even naming Jones “Fake.” It seems his opinion of Jones has become more favorable over the years and he now looks out for the best interests of ailing stars.
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Luke Rockhold thinks Jon Jones earned his paycheck despite controversy
When asked what he thought of the alleged fight between Jones and Stipe, Rockhold expressed his excitement, saying: “I think I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing Jon Jones fight again obviously heavyweight is a different dynamic.” Rehashing how pleased he is to see Jones perform in uncharted waters for the former 205
Rockhold then expressed concern about how securely the fight accounts for previous missteps that Jones and the UFC have faced when booking fights. “Hopefully they can close the deal, hopefully they can get him to fight.” Rockhold said, explaining how Jones and the UFC always had arguments when it came to his wallet. he continued “They have to make the deal, they have to pay the man. Jon earned his place, no matter how much Jon has done, he still earns his paycheck.
“Stop fighting these guys for the paychecks and let the fighting happen,” Rockhold said, noting that Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones and other top fighters should get worthy enough paychecks. Rockhold also previously implied that the UFC wronged Charles Oliveira at UFC 274 to influence the Brazilian
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