Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has made a rapid climb up the division ranks since claiming the belt. He’s also defended the title against UFC veteran Keith Jardine, and is expected to face Tim Kennedy in his next defense.
However, there is one fighter out there that gets Rockhold’s juices flowing the most: UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
In a recent interview with Mike Chiappetta of MMA Fighting, Rockhold discussed his interest in taking on the fighter many considered one of the best of all time.
“It’s the dream fight. I’m here to fight the best in the world, and it’d be a dream to fight Anderson Silva. If I didn’t fight him before his career was over, it would be a disappointment to me. I want to fight the best in the world, and fighting him would be amazing. And getting him while he’s champion? Everyone wants to be that guy to beat him. I want to go down in the books. I hope he keeps going, because I want that fight.”
Rockhold and Kennedy have each been told they are likely to square off later this year, though any actual agreements have yet to take place. The fight is expected to go down in July, and should provide a strong challenge to the title reign of Rockhold.
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