“Congrats to him, he won. I think the guy is a true piece of s*** and I think he is classless. I’d love the opportunity to get that back and right that wrong and fix this for everybody because I don’t think he deserves it. I don’t think he thought he was going to do it – you can tell by his reaction. It’s not going to last long. I want to settle the score. I was winning both fights handily. He had his moment, but that will be it… Anyone can get caught in this game if you hit them perfectly. He’s a tough guy, not going to lie. He won fair and square, but the odds of that happening again are fairly low.”
-Luke Rockhold talks to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about his loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 and wanting to get that back (transcribed by FoxSports.com).
Penick’s Analysis: The problem Rockhold now faces is he may not get his chance to avenge that loss, at least not with a title on the line. It might be surprising to see Bisping hold onto the belt almost regardless of whom he faces in his first title defense, and if it’s GSP, Jacare, or Dan Henderson, Rockhold’s going to be a fight or two behind. They could do that rubber match without a belt on the line in the case of Bisping losing the belt, but Rockhold could find himself in a position similar to what happened with Vitor Belfort, where he wins his other fights to get back to the top without that fighter then there for him to get vengeance.
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