The state of Zuffa’s middleweight roster has never been more muddled than it currently stands. On the UFC side of things, champion Anderson Silva has a handful of options with none in the bunch being overwhelmingly deserving, while Strikeforce title-holder Luke Rockhold has essentially the same problem minus the divisional depth.
Fortunately for fans, Rockhold isn’t afraid to think outside of the box and is open to an idea both providing him with a suitable opponent and helping the UFC eliminate one of the logs jamming up the front of their 185-pound pool.
“Tim Boetsch looked pretty good last weekend,” said the 19-1 Rockhold in an interview with MMAWeekly in reference to Boetsch’s victory over Hector Lombard. “He just beat the Bellator champion; let’s see if he can come beat the Strikeforce champion.”
“The Barbarian” earned a Split Decision over Lombard, who held Bellator’s middleweight belt before joining the UFC, at UFC 149 to notch his fourth consecutive victory. The result improved Boetsch’s overall record to 16-4 including wins at 185 against Nick Ring, Kendall Grove, and Yushin Okami.
If the UFC is unable or unwilling to bring Boetsch over to Strikeforce for at least a single scrap, as they’ve recently done in relation to Frank Mir-Daniel Cormier, Rockhold assumes he’ll be facing Ronaldo Souza in a rematch of the Californian’s title-winning performance last September.
“I’ve already fought him and it’s probably not the smartest decision to want to fight him again, but at the same time ‘Jacare’, he’s the best in the division. From what I feel, he’s the most well-rounded fighter and he’s the toughest guy there,” explained Rockhold. “Like I’ve always said, I want the toughest guys I can get, and if that’s all I can get right now, that’s what I want.”
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