Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold recently addressed the current state of the middleweight division citing the UFC's desire to have Georges St-Pierre skip the line of proven contenders and get an opportunity to become middleweight champion against #MichaelBisping despite having never competed in the 185-pound division. Rockhold wasn't pleased and let his voice be heard.
"Our division is hot right now, they’ve got good matchups, but they’re just not putting the champion to work. It’s ridiculous. The company is kind of losing it these days. I don’t know what happened to the old company where the best fought the best. That’s what built this company, now it’s just a spectator sport. They’re just putting freak shows together.
If they’re not putting an interim title on the line, or if they’re not making Bisping fight a contender, I’m not fighting anybody. And so should the rest of the division, too. What’s the point? Without me, Mousasi, Yoel, and Whittaker? I think everyone should just stand their ground, and say f—k you. Put a title on the line or else, f—k, you don’t even have a division.
I think everyone is already on strike, aren’t they? We’re all waiting on a title. Whittaker’s down. I’ve voiced my opinion, and I think Mousasi should stand his ground, too. I mean, without us you have no fucking division. Make something happen. They’re forcing us into a corner. We got to stick up and stay together and make something happen. I’m tired of this shit, man."
-Luke Rockhold on the MMA Hour.
As was to be expected UFC President Dana White didn't take the criticism well and voiced his opinion to FOX Sports at the UFC 211 presser.
“There’s a lot of guys talking about ‘deserve’ — nobody deserves anything. You’ve got to earn it here. You’ve got [Luke] Rockhold screaming right now ‘I deserve this’. You just got knocked out in the first round. You’ve got to come back and earn it,” White said.
And that's when their Twitter fingers got involved...
Rockhold tweeted to #DanaWhite that he (and the other middleweight fighters) deserved clarity on the state of the middleweight division.
White, never the one to hold back his true feelings, fired back at Rockhold by telling him to stick to "fighting and modeling."
St-Pierre vs. Bisping is officially off and White says they will give the next shot to Yoel Romero which clears up any confusion that Rockhold may have about the state of the middleweight title. Although a date has yet to be set for that title tilt. Obviously, plans could change over the next few weeks.
But keep your eyes on these two and we think this beef over the belt is far from being squashed.