The UFC TONIGHT crew interview Luke Rockhold and Joanna Jedrzejczyk


Joanna Jedrzejczyk (photo credit Adam Hunger © USA Today Sports)

The UFC TONIGHT crew interviewed Luke Rockhold after his big win over David Branch and strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. UFC TONIGHT is the official weekly news and information show of the Ultimate Fighting Championship on FS1. Veteran UFC fighter and multiple title contender Kenny Florian, former light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and veteran combat sports journalist Karyn Bryant bring you all the news and analysis.

Luke Rockhold

On Georges St-Pierre not fighting Bisping at UFC 217: “We’ve [Rockhold and Bisping] got business to attend to. I want GSP to get lost on his way to Madison Square Garden and I’ll stroll right in.”

On whom he’ll fight next if not Bisping: “Robert Whittaker, the real champion. The guy who fights the guys. We’ll see what his timetable is. Our third option is Romero.”

On Bisping’s title reign: “It’s the worst in UFC history. No one has ever gotten that treatment and avoided every contender. He’s avoided Jacare, Yoel Romero and somehow he’s avoiding Robert Whittaker. He found No. 14 Henderson to fight at the time.”

On what’s next for him: “I’m going to put myself in position for the fight with Bisping. He’s either going to stand like a man or he runs. It looks like he’s going to run to the finish.”

On his fight against Branch after a long layoff: “It felt good to get in there. I wanted to take my time. He came out with the only option he had which was to run forward. He was scared in his eyes and it was his only option.”

On taking some shots against Branch: “People have short memories. I’ve been through wars. I’ve taken my shots. The best man doesn’t always win. That’s why I want to come back and regain his status.”

On possibly moving to 205: [To current 205 pound champion Cormier] “What’s the timeframe on your retirement?”

On not saying Michael Bisping’s name in his callout of him: “Mike doesn’t deserve anything. There’s nothing more to be said. Look at the champion. He hasn’t fought or defended the title against one real contender. GSP is irrelevant at 185. They’re selling bullshit.”


VIDEO: Luke Rockhold Interview

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

On if the recent hurricane interrupted her training in Florida: “No, it didn’t even hit us.”

On how she’s preparing for her title fight against Rose Namajunas: “I’m working hard. This is what I always do and I’m still the champion. I feel with every camp, I feel more competent. For sure on November 4th, I will bring new weapons to the fight with Rose.”

On if she wanted to fight at Madison Square Garden again: “Yes, I asked for Madison Square Garden. I’m very excited about doing this one more time.”

On the possibility of tying Ronda Rousey’s record for consecutive title defenses: “I love Ronda Rousey and we have a very good relationship. She’s done so much for this sport and for female fighters. It’s all about winning the fight and winning the title. It would be great tying Ronda’s record. I want to defend my strawweight belt in 2018 and then we’ll see about moving up a weight class.”

On if she wants to move to the 125 pound division: “Of course, I care about this division. I’m very excited about it. I used to fight at 125 in Muay Thai and boxing and even in MMA before the UFC. I was thinking about the 125 division. In the past, I was having a hard time making 115. Now, I make the weight easy. I can fight at 115, and maybe next year I will make a decision to move up and, of course, defend both titles.”


VIDEO: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Interview

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