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Luke Rockhold claims Khamzat Chimaev declined to fight him in a main event: “I thought he would fight anyone”

Luke Rockhold was offered a UFC main event in August against Khamzat Chimaev but he claims the undefeated fighter turned it down. Rockhold has talked about a return to the Octagon for quite some time and wanted a top-ranked middleweight. Yet, the former UFC middleweight champion revealed he was offered to headline the August 28 Fight Night card but Chimaev turned it down. He was also offered a three-round fight against Chimaev at UFC 265 on August 7, but that too was declined by the Swede, Rockhold revealed to Ariel Helwani.
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Khamzat Chimaev Declines To Fight Luke Rockhold In August

The return for the UFC’s hottest prospect, Khamzat Chimaev, is currently on hold. The Chechen star made absolute waves in his first three appearances under the UFC banner. After a successful debut on Fight Island last summer, he would make the quickest turnaround in recent UFC history, winning another fight (in another weight class) in just a weeks time. Chimaev would continue his momentum earning a 17-second KO of Gerald Meerschaert in the following months.
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Khamzat Chimaev won’t smesh everyone, turns down Luke Rockhold main event

“Borz” will reportedly stay at 170 pounds for his 2021 return. I’ve got bad news for all three of the Luke Rockhold fans out there: The Vengeance Express won’t be stopping at the 185-pound station. That’s according to Ariel Helwani, who told his Twitter followers that Khamzat Chimaev turned down...
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Luke Rockhold Claims Khamzat Chimaev Turned Down Fight

Luke Rockhold has made quite the claim about Khamzat Chimaev. Chimaev became a rising prospect seemingly overnight in 2020. He had his first two UFC bouts just 10 days apart. He submitted John Phillips and stopped Rhys McKee via TKO in that short span. He followed that up with a one-punch knockout victory over Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds.
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Former Rivals Michael Bisping & Luke Rockhold Train Together

Sometimes grudges are held forever, but that doesn’t appear to be the case with former UFC Middleweight Champions Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. The history between Bisping and Rockhold is well-documented. They shared the Octagon twice. In the leadup to both fights, the two hurled verbal jabs at one another. Rockhold won the first meeting back in November 2014 via submission. The two embraced after the fight, and many thought the beef had been squashed.
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Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold grapple at RVCA Gym (Video)

Former UFC middleweight champions Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, once bitter rivals, posted a video of them grappling at the RVCA Gym. Bisping and Rockhold fought twice in the Octagon and had one of the most heated rivalries in the UFC during their primes. In November 2014, Bisping and Rockhold met for the first time, with Rockhold winning the fight via second-round submission. They then rematched in June 2016 at UFC 199 and, in one of the greatest upsets in MMA history, Bisping knocked out Rockhold in the first round to take home the UFC middleweight title. Both men were not friendly with each other for many years after that, but as of late they have become more cordial as both men are now training at Jason Parillo’s RVCA Gym.
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‘Catching up with old friends’: Michael Bisping posts rolling session with Luke Rockhold

Michael Bisping recently caught up with an old friend at RVCA Sport in Orange County, California, five years after their epic middleweight showdown at UFC 199. That’s right, Bisping hit the mats with none other than Luke Rockhold, the man who he defeated via first-round KO at the Forum in Inglewood, California back in 2016 to become the first British champion in UFC history.
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Luke Rockhold on Israel Adesanya: ‘He’s beatable in so many ways’

Luke Rockhold appreciates Israel Adesanya’s unorthodox style and respects him as a fighter but believes he is a particularly bad matchup for the middleweight champion. Rockhold believes he could pick Adesanya apart from the outside while keeping ‘The Last Stylebender’ guessing with takedowns, claiming that the key to victory is to stay relaxed and composed.
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Luke Rockhold appreciates Israel Adesanya’s style but says the UFC champ is “beatable in so many ways”

Luke Rockhold is confident he would beat Israel Adesanya if he gets the chance to face him. Rockhold has recently revealed he is looking to return to the middleweight but many of the divisions top-15 have turned him down. However, he is still eager to return and knows if he works his way to a title shot he would be able to beat Adesanya as he thinks the middleweight champ is beatable in so many ways.
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Luke Rockhold blames ‘feminine shins’ for Chris Weidman leg break at UFC 261

If former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman had masculine shins like longtime 185-pound rival Luke Rockhold, then perhaps the “All American” would not have broken his leg at the UFC 261 pay-per-view (PPV) event last month in Jacksonville. “I wish him all the best,” Rockhold told The Schmo (transcribed by...
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Luke Rockhold Excited About Kevin Holland As Potential Opponent

Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is ready to get back in the cage, and is eager to recapture his former glory. Recently, Rockhold dared to be great in an attempt to move up a weight class and carve out a new title run, but it turned out his light heavyweight debut performance would come against the soon-to-be-champion Jan Blachowicz. Despite being knocked out emphatically, the skilled middleweight has been rehabbing and training to make a successful comeback. Specifically, as of late, there have been reports that perhaps Luke Rockhold is struggling to find peers to sign on the dotted line.
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Morning Report: Luke Rockhold frustrated with return plans: ‘There’s a lot of guys but none of them want to sign the contract’

Luke Rockhold’s road back to the UFC is proving more difficult than he imagined it would be. Last year, Rockhold announced that after an extended hiatus he was looking to return to MMA and make one more run at the middleweight title. At the time, Rockhold was targeting a return fight against rival Chris Weidman, however with Weidman recently suffering a catastrophic leg injury, that fight is clearly not an option, but even outside of that, Rockhold is apparently struggling to find a return opponent that suits him. Speaking with Helen Yee recently, the former middleweight champion lamented the current state of the 185-pound division, saying that thus far none of the top-ranked guys have been willing to fight him.
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Luke Rockhold says no one in the UFC middleweight top-15 wants to fight him

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold says that no one in the current UFC middleweight top-15 wants to have a fight against him. Rockhold hasn’t fought since a KO loss to current UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 in July 2019. He has been dealing with injuries ever since then, including a shoulder injury, that has resulted in him having had an extended layoff. However, he has been back in the gym recently and has made it clear that he is hoping to return to the Octagon later this summer or sometime in the fall. And when he does return to the cage, Rockhold has made it clear that he desires a top-15 opponent in his return.