The Luke Rockhold Chris Weidman Middleweight fight was considerably more exciting than the Featherweight bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. In my opinion, the sheer length of the bout and the fact that it still ended in a knockout prove that to be true.
Both fights were different, though, and in the case of Weidman-Rockhold it was more a war of attrition. There was clearly more strategizing involved as it progressed through 4 rounds. Now, apparently, we have the first person Rockhold wants to defend his newfound belt against: Vitor Belfort.
“What I would like, why not? Vitor Belfort on a silver platter,” Rockhold said after the event. “I’ve got to right my wrong. What can I say?”
Belfort clapped back via Instagram shortly thereafter with this...
Belfort suffered a first-round TKO loss to Weidman at UFC 187 in May, but rebounded with a knockout of Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 77 in November. That's all he has done since the fight in 2013.
Even though Rockhold handled Weidman pretty easily, you can't use the transitive property with these types of things. Belfort still has that W under his belt, and this would certainly be a easily marketable fight.
“I’m in for a big fight; I want a big fight. The middleweight division is in a great place now. We’ll see what happens, and we’ll see what the boss wants. I want a big, big fight. I’ll leave it at that.”