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Luke Rockhold: “I’ve got more heart than Vitor Belfort.”

Vitor-Belfort - MMAWEEKLYMiddleweight Luke Rockhold hasn’t made his UFC debut yet but it looks like he already has a rival in the form of Vitor Belfort. The two talented 185ers are set to scrap on May 18 at UFC on FX 8 with the winner exiting as a likely title-contender and, as evident from recent comments the former Strikeforce champion made, the motivation to succeed is as personal as it is professional.

In Rockhold’s opinion, Belfort’s decision to use testosterone replacement therapy tarnishes the sport of MMA and he plans on dishing out damage in order to prove a point.

“I think it’s a crock of sh*t personally. I don’t understand it. I think Nevada set the standard for most of the other states. And it’s like the NBA and Baseball, if they travel overseas, they’re not going to be permitted to use steroids just because they’re overseas. I think it’s just crap,” said the 10-1 Rockhold in an interview with MMAFightCorner. “But at the same time, if they’re not going to punish him, I will.”

When it comes to how Rockhold plans on living up to his words, the 28-year old pointed to a number of areas he feels he’s superior to Belfort in including an intangible or two.

“I think my advantages are everywhere really. Vitor will always have fast hands, he has good power, but I pose a lot of problems myself. I’m a longer fighter, I have better kicks than him. I believe my advantages are on the ground, in wrestling, in the distance in the stand-up,” explained Rockhold. “I have plenty of ways to win this fight. And most of all, I’ve got more heart than Vitor. I think I’m more of a man than Vitor.”

Rockhold hasn’t fought since July when he beat Tim Kennedy to retain his Strikeforce title. The victory was his ninth in the organization, adding to other past triumphs such as those over Keith Jardine and Ronaldo Souza.

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4 COMMENTS
  • darth_irritable says:

    That’s probably true, but all the heart in the world won’t help when that first shot to the back of the head lands.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I wonder if every fighter now is going to bring up TRT with Belfort, it always seems like it’s a bigger deal with him then other fighters. I think Rockhold will beat Belfort, but it also seem’s like he’s coming in a little overconfident, Vitor is still dangerous just ask Bisping.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Hes probobly already pissed vitor off and thats never a good thing also ask bisping but after I seen vitor vs anthony jhonson ive got huge respect for vitor and cant go against him in a dight where imo rockhold would get beat down by jhonson imo.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    I don’t think Luke has the chin to hang with Vitor and his defense isn’t that good enough to avoid Vitor’s left cross of death. That’s just my opinion Luke could very well take a decision but since Vitor managed to go four rounds with Jones I think Rockhold might be in over his head.

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