9.16: Inside the Cage -- Luke Rockhold
Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, and Santa Cruz native Luke Rockhold joins Henry Wofford to discuss his recent triumph over Jacare Souza.
I welcome back for another segment up inside the cage are we blocking in this league -- and -- the middleweight champ strike force middleweight champion. Loop rock called me and that's a nice title and a now -- in Iraq but -- expect that at. At the all hits you all all of a sudden you realize what you have accomplished I know you were dedicated. To get it done but it's like it's still. Fresh. Has definitely still fresh in it's it's hard to take and it's sums can take -- get used to and a trying to use and that's one of the -- the other day and not seen that one drop and so. I'm feeling good and and talk common and not get taken slowly this year. I guess you don't mind being an underdog big time underdogs to shocker -- -- -- worry about what the critics at the same what was sure. Fight plan going into that fight and it's got that change your fight plan at all. You know my -- I was just and the stuff that take on the new wanna get me down on the ground and I believe in my stand up. Nurse and a so I just I'm holes use my length in -- -- and picked apart and let that for me that's what those. I realize there's no such -- an easy fight anytime somebody's swing and K connection there's no such. What do you think it was easier than what you had anticipated even though went the distance. It's I don't I don't think it was easy by any means in those tough day and took some shots. I didn't expect to take some shots I thought I could pick in parting that maybe you -- -- warm and I had took some shots and I got the job done I didn't think he'd be as tough as it was a hit with some good shots and I was sure our mission was I mean I think He may be true that thing was the -- saw that I hit him and get on it pretty hard and no idea and then my team doesn't. I'm home and -- have a man I have -- -- -- can't stand that so. You know I think I moved forward a little bit -- like to sit back well and island come to me -- -- better counter puncher but He was moved Max and chase a little bit might take awful Obama empowerment. With the job -- so on -- and no complaints and development. Well prior to the fights you sit AK in the air and kick -- -- academy is gonna go for now and aunts aunt. He's supposed to say they're gonna go for it one until it. You guys backed it up I mean. And the whole team can't fight incidents and. -- -- know we did and let them in the -- I was disdain. Really believe it. Like all the match of other races. Amazing jujitsu guy of his weakness is always and his take down -- Arnold and countless times and He man He is so often think and you can't Clinton keeps you out fun and it's going to be it's like I -- accordingly and shot so. I mean he's not take out -- Mike how amazing stand up fighter fighting him and what type guy and -- And take that one the size. And and upon me is this is underrated finding that big plate number is wrestling he's just. The game comes and He knows that fight when it's time He raises global level -- the standings and prove himself. We took it for -- we got redemption for the Americans you know ND -- did you see 132. If and they -- the American this kind of set up a knock at SS about the move a little bit as well. But but we came back in on the comeback archer and this would be off for Brazilians. Mass and picked it out you know -- -- the -- -- so so -- -- and we would business. We're happy for you guys and you do a lot of coverage here and you guys backed it all but I. I am shocked that Cormier knocked out big foot Silva and I mean that just completely blew me away I didn't realize yet that that's. Our. I mean he's got some power -- want -- he's now is he's. He's really relaxed and yeah it is hard like this one of the game time He brings and -- He broke his hand through it hard enough in. And the back is pretty funny like He was worried because because I want my fat well what are -- He you almost. And we're mean you know at my best friends and and he's like He is in all He said he'll mostly -- and got back. And any likelihood. Our guys. All know that and they just switched and went out. So those it was. Completed Allison -- -- -- -- watched every day. -- So when you're fighting on the same night of the Fran or mentally members of the plight -- the united -- possibly hit it exactly worried about his. Anywhere long and brand just got back in reality and he's got to go up and get the job done so. Like you know He did it man we all were all gamers so. This does strike force though is gorgeous it's beautiful got some nice wait till it. It's gold it means everything to you probably but I wonder. Are you gonna defend misspelled words are going to be you have seen before you know it. It could be everything's up there now a lot of a lot of talk and -- I know that Tim Kennedy is in line and we've we've -- was -- and scheduled to fight couple times somehow the -- never happen I don't know Miami is good and a not to get into the second time but the fight somehow fell apart before that before you know made an injury I was supposed and it's -- development off if that happened and so now he's called me out and I don't call fighters -- but I don't turn now -- side so this strike force want to fight listed -- five otherwise. You talk about the no margin in the AFC in this and that and are more than welcome to -- to have that happen movement in the AFC I feel very you know capable of fighting anybody there. And I know being one of the top contenders movement would go so. Whatever they want on my -- on the on the offered what is your dream fight. Binding -- yeah. I -- -- my games and get the best. And obviously Anderson -- best. It's it's a fight one aspire to I'm not sure if I'm quite ready but I'd like to challenge myself and and to ensure it -- I think to me and honored affects -- Mike Anderson so especially placed on its prime and still continue on the top guys so. I'm glad like a warm if I am not how I play out like one in the AFC maybe as someone that emergent. And get get a Miller fine but intensify -- inspection and everyone's beatable if item in the right way and I feel very capable of a fighting in. Anybody in the world I'm not scared and a -- and bodies of I want to Baston that's got to be to get a good man and this so that's that's I guess if I. And Silva trains and Jacques are raised so the fact that -- got Jacque -- that must send a message that act as -- that. Hey this guy's for real right here. Yeah I guess I'm -- watching. I'm for real and and doctors to -- so high on him. Let's. Let that happen out on this spring and on hopefully hopefully you know they're not underestimating them and understood -- quite a bit of but. I think Dempster and make you realize that. I think on a dog and. I hear that we totally agrees speaking of predictions. Jake Shields was here and predicted that you would be shocker today and now we. And do a little bit of predicting and on a fight coming up Jake Shields against Jake Ellen -- who feel like you why. I like. I shields shields is my man I've we've been trip and we both train together for these fights. And he's this is incredible on top he's you don't want Jake Shields on top -- it's it's. Not good even leave me a big 85 I don't like it and all murder is. Is -- in the -- is hands down he's got great wrestling in hits on the hardest punches in the division to boxing. But I think JJ can get and Anderson Downey can take age bomb only got to some mandates palms up and share -- got a pretty good chance at the so we'll see we'll see but I I think diction she should get -- up and just by. Hopefully we'll dismiss I think homers mission offenses is the we part of -- games so. And Jay get on top Indy grand out of a tough decision hope estimates were so. -- had to come over for inside the cage we can call you Luke Witten caught Iraq all. But I like calling you the middleweight champion man this thing -- -- the hard work paid off and I'm telling you know once the bad and against you because you have the talent. The beat anyone in this business congratulates and thanks -- appreciate.