Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold has been the target of a ton of criticism over the past few days and is ready to set the record straight regarding his recent withdrawal from a January title-defense against Lorenz Larkin. The situation marked the second instance of Rockhold backing out of a bout with Larkin for health-related reasons with both involving the same injured wrist.
Larkin wasted little time calling Rockhold out after the news initially broke, though it appears he may not have been working with all of the facts when he decided to question Rockhold’s courage and integrity.
“He was obviously misinformed to some extent. I’ve been in that situation, but just to lash out at me, that’s pretty amateur,” said Rockhold in an interview with MMAJunkie before getting into the details of his decision. “They announced the fight, and I immediately called and told them how I felt and now here we are.”
“They never really got back to me, and they just thought I’d be ready, and I wasn’t able to get on it,” Rockhold added.
As far as whether Rockhold’s approach related to the possibility of posturing for an eventual run in the UFC, the 28-year old made it clear nothing could be further from the truth.
“That was not any part of my thought process. I’m injured. I want to get paid. I want to shut Lorenz’s mouth. I’m not waiting in any shape or form for the UFC. You can never count on that happening. I’ve heard that in the past, and I’m not going to wait for that to happen,” explained the upset Rockhold. “I have a lot of things I want to do in my life. This has set me back. I was going to buy a house, and now it looks like I’m going to wait until I’m more financially stable. I want to fight, plain and simple. It doesn’t matter who. Except at this point, after the talk, obviously I’m partial to fighting Lorenz.”
Rockhold closed the conversation out by explaining he’d been actively undergoing treatment since initially injuring his wrist and expected to be back in action in the next 3-4 months.
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