Luke Rockhold continues to prepare himself for a possible December title fight with Chris Weidman. Rockhold, a former Strikeforce champion, believes Vitor Belfort will not make it to the planned encounter to conclude 2014.
Following wins over Costas Philippou and Tim Boetsch, Rockhold told MMAjunkie.com that Belfort will likely “get injured” if he remains off TRT. Belfort must pass all tests given to him by the Nevada Athletic Commission or risk losing his temporary fight license.
“If he’s clean and healthy, he’ll probably get injured,” Rockhold said. “His body will fall apart. It’s too frail.
“He’s been doing this (expletive) for too long. And if he realizes he can’t compete off of it, he’s probably going to try to slip something in and he’s going to get popped with a test.”
That means Rockhold, who does not have a fight lined up at the moment, will be waiting in the wings for a call from UFC officials.
“I just think that someway or another, he’s going to fall out,” he said. “So I’m just going to be ready.”
Last year, Rockhold went to Brazil and lost to Belfort via knockout. Belfort was granted the use of TRT for that fight through an exemption – and wins over Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping during the same year.
“I knew who he was before,” he said. “I knew when he was 18 and came in as a heavyweight in the UFC. The guy’s been…it’s obvious. Anybody who knows the sport and understands it, they know what he’s been doing his whole career; from start to finish.”
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