Luke Rockhold has a date with destiny on Saturday night when he takes on Lyoto Machida at UFC on FOX 15, but if the former Strikeforce champ can get score a win against the former UFC light-heavyweight champ, it just might put him in line for a crack at the middleweight belt and the man who holds it tightly in his clutches: Chris Weidman. That’s certainly a match-up Rockhold looks forward to – and he wouldn’t mind doing it at Madison Square Garden if the sport gets legalized in New York this year.
“I got nothing against New York and I like Chris [Weidman] a lot,” said Rockhold at the UFC on FOX 15 open workouts in Manhattan today. “I just like a big stage, and of course fighting for the title is my goal, and fighting at MSG would be amazing. It would be the first [UFC] fight at that stadium, it would historic, and I’d love to make history and maybe get gold at the same time.”
Of course, his desire to take on Weidman isn’t any indication that Rockhold bears the Long Island native ill will. Says the West Coaster: “Chris is a great guy. I like Chris a lot. But we both want one thing – with both want to be the best and we both want the gold.”
If all goes according to plan, the UFC will be coming to Madison Square Garden in December, and for such a momentous occasion, the UFC will have to go big with its main event. Says Rockhold, “What better match-up for MSG than one for the belt? East Coast/West Coast, California/New York – it’s hard to not see it as the perfect match-up.”