Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold will make his UFC debut later this month at UFC on FX 8 when he faces Vitor Belfort.
Rockhold, who holds a 10-1 overall record, believes he can out-class Belfort (22-10) in every aspect of the game.
“I think my advantages is everywhere really. Vitor will always have fast hands, he has good power, but I pose a lot of problems myself. I’m a longer fighter, I have better kicks than him. I believe my advantages are on the ground, in wrestling, in the distance in the stand up. I have plenty of ways to win this fight. And most of all, I got more heart than Vitor. I think I’m more of a man than Vitor,” Rockhold told MMA Fight Corner.
Rockhold also made sure to state his case for a shot at the UFC middleweight title with a win. Fellow former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez earned a title shot prior to making his Octagon debut.
“I’m focused on Vitor, but I don’t see how [a win] couldn’t warrant a title shot. I mean, Gilbert got an immediate title shot. I’ve defended my belt twice and taking out a top contender like Vitor, why wouldn’t I?”
Who do you think will win, Rockhold or Belfort? And, does a decisive victory move Rockhold into title-contention?