Strikeforce standout Luke Rockhold thinks Tim Kennedy is worthy of a shot at his middleweight belt, while other contenders like Derek Brunson will have to wait their turn. By the looks of things, it seems Rockhold will get his wish.
“I’m excited about the fight with Tim Kennedy. I think he’s highly underrated. He’s a very tough dude, he poses a lot of challenges,” said Rockhold. “I’ll be ready. It looks like it’s finally going to happen. I’ve been waiting for that one for a long time.”
With seven of his eight consecutive wins coming in the first round, Rockhold has rarely been tested thus far. In a promotion that has been criticized for its lack of depth, Rockhold still feels he can continue to prove himself in Strikeforce, although that may change down the road.
“I’d like to fight those guys in the UFC, but I’ve still got a few challenges over here, very tough ones, some of the best guys in the world. So I’m looking at what we have but I’m always looking to the future,” explained Rockhold. “I want to be the best in the world and I can’t do that without fighting the guys in the UFC. Whether it’s here or there, I’m going to need those fights.”
Aside from Kennedy, Rockhold cited Ronaldo Souza and returning veteran Nate Marquardt as two worthy opponents while brushing aside 9-0 Derek Brunson. Brunson and Rockhold have had a war of words on Twitter recently but for the middleweight champ, it is merely talk.
“He’s just talking out his a**. The guy wants a title shot, right. Off where he’s at, I don’t know about that one. I think he fights more like a cheerleader. That’s my opinion of him. You know, I think he needs to go back to tumbling school. But that’s my opinion and if he ever picks it up, I look forward to that fight,” Rockhold remarked.
The AKA member said he is currently working on his wrestling with JD Bergman and may head to the Olympic Training Center for further practice. For him, grappling will be the key to a victory over Kennedy.