Yesterday Michael Bisping seemed receptive to the idea of fighting Brad Tavares next as he looks to get back to winning ways inside the Octagon, but now it appears he’s set his sites on a higher profile target – Luke Rockhold.
“I remember @LukeRockhold calling me out. Maybe after his fight on Saturday we can settle this??” Bisping wrote on Twitter.
Rockhold, who fights Tim Boetsch on the UFC 172 card this coming weekend was quick to respond, but not in the manner that ‘The Count’ might have hoped for.
“I recall @Bisping telling me to win a fight before calling him out! Hmmmm,” Rockhold replied.
“I’ve won many fights,” Bisping fired back.
“Me too and Tim [Kennedy] was one of them,” Rockhold responded, gaining the upperhand in this particular war of words.
“So now after calling me out all that time you don’t want to actually back it up? Yeah thought so,” continuing to attempt to bait the former Strikeforce middleweight champion into a fight.
“I’m never opposed to #easymoney but first I have business sat. I’m out,” Rockhold replied, not ruling out the possibility of the potential encounter.
Bisping seemed satisfied with that, saying, “Well best of luck. Maybe we talk after Saturday.”
Maybe wishing him luck wasn’t the best idea though, since another win for the No.5 ranked Rockhold may put him out of reach for Bisping who’s lost three of his last five fights.
Bisping has some degree of star power on his side and commands a hefty $250,000 basic salary from the UFC so it’s likely that the promotion will still want to put him into some kind of a notable fight next despite his recent record, but it may be that he would have to settle for the loser of the Rockhold Vs Boetsch fight, or go back to plan A and fight Tavares after all.