UFC 230: Luke Rockhold on Chris Weidman Rematch: “It’s Time to Silence Everything, Everybody”
Luke Rockhold returns to Submission Radio to discuss his upcoming fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 230, the difference in the fighters today compared to when they fought last, why the fight interested him, possibly getting another title shot with a win, Israel Adesanya vs. Derek Brunson, as well as Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 229, the crazy press conference and how Khabib handled Conor’s insults, the fight itself and more!
“I watched a bit of it on my drive to practice. It is what it is,” Rockhold said in a recent interview with Submission Radio. “I think there’s obviously somewhat of a communication barrier, but Khabib gets his point across. He’s composed. You can see his demeanor. I know where he’s at.”
“Conor’s…Conor. He’s selling it, man. He’s on the brink of insanity and it’s f—king awesome.”
“Khabib’s a pretty smooth character. He doesn’t really let a lot affect him,” Rockhold said. “I think you all can see that. Conor always does his homework, he always does his sh-t and he’s always gonna be himself, but the man can fight.
But in terms of the fight itself, Rockhold is expecting his long-time training partner to prevail, especially once the distance is closed and Khabib gets to establish control.
“We all know Khabib can do his thing. He’s 26-0 now. I mean, that’s an unheard of thing,” he added. “The guy’s never lost. Conor’s lost multiple times. Khabib is dangerous. Anybody can lose, but we’ll see what happens.
“If Khabib gets a hold of him, it’s a different world. You can’t tussle with somebody who’s grappled like that his whole life. I’ve grappled with a lot of 155-pounders in the world and not one, not one can give me the go that Khabib has.”
“I mean, I play with 155-pounders. Khabib is a real go and there’s absolutely no quit in him. He will go to the bitter end. He will go to his death. He has to. I’ve taken him as far as I can ever believe and he just keeps coming. The guy does not, he will not tap to anything. He’s a true fighter.”