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Rockhold still not fully satisfied with UFC contract despite improvements

Luke Rockhold, left, is attended to between rounds as he fights Chris Weidman in a middleweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

It was only a month ago when Luke Rockhold was not accepting any UFC fight offers due to his displeasure with his contract situation, but now even with things having been worked out, he still has his eyes set on more.

Following his title losing effort to Michael Bisping at UFC 199, Rockhold kept busy outside the UFC working on a modeling career.

While he enjoyed his fighting career, he did not think the money he was being offered was enough and he was waiting for the right fight to be given to him.

It seemingly worked out as Rockhold is now set to take on Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC Fight Night 101 in a rematch stemming from their days in Strikeforce, but it may just be a fix for the short term.

“There’s another league, they have good money, that is an option for some people. For me, it’s gotta make sense. Dollars make sense. And so if the dollars aren’t up to par, then what’s the point? For me, I’ve put my time in this sport, I think I’ve earned my reputation and I have a leg to stand on when I make a demand like that,” Rockhold told Submission Radio (transcription via MMA Fighting).

“My contract, I’d done up early on and I was informed that I’d be taken care of if I held up my part of the bargain. I think signing that contract before Machida, beating a champion in Machida decisively, putting him away and putting away Chris Weidman, you know, making a hiccup in Bisping shouldn’t set me back to where I was. And so I had told them how I felt about it and so we moved in a better direction, but I think there’s still a lot of improvement to make.

“They’re gonna play hardball with some people. Some people don’t have a leg to stand on, I guess surprisingly enough. I know Weidman has his own issues too. A lot of people thought they’ll follow suit, I guess, after seeing what I did – it didn’t work out for some of them. I think it depends on knowing what your worth is, knowing what you’re capable of and how far you can push.”

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