White brought up Rockhold's name of his own volition - he was asked a question about Maia's rocky history with promised UFC title shots.
"You got Rockhold right now screaming, 'I deserve this.' You just got knocked out in the first round, you don't deserve anything". Rockhold's frustration seems to have boiled over when Dana White canceled the Bisping vs. GSP fight, meaning that the contenders will have to wait even longer for their shot. UFC president Dana White had been hopeful the fight would happen at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas. I said we (middleweights) deserve clarity. I've flirted with some weights in the hotel gym, which is not very good shall we say.
- Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) May 16, 2017@danawhite "You have to earn your way in this company"? The Canadian also suspected that it was a tactic by the UFC president to put pressure on him to fight earlier.
"As for GSP's future, White relayed that "[St-Pierre] says he will fight whoever the 170-pound champion is when he comes back".
Rockhold was spot on in his thoughts on an interim title fight: Bisping and St-Pierre wouldn't have fought until October or November. Current champion Michael Bisping is not interested in a fight with No. 1 contender Yoel Romero.
"What I heard is Georges St-Pierre is upset about some of the things that I said at the press conference.If that's the case, call me man to man, let's talk on the phone.Lorenzo reached out to him, Lorenzo still hasn't heard from him yet". A bout with St-Pierre would have been equally as questionable, albeit far more anticipated than any other contest available in the division.
The extra screening ultimately never went through due to a dispute over which testing agency to work but, rather than simply breathing a sigh of relief, White sent a message by telling Fox Sports (h/t MMA Fighting) that the process made St-Pierre and Hendricks "both look stupid".
St-Pierre's longtime coach Zahabi would still like to see "Rush" fight Bisping.
"It's a blessing in disguise because I can't fight anytime soon". With contenders waiting in the wings for a shot at Bisping's title, most notably #1 ranked Yoel Romero, White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto what the promotion has in mind should Bisping-Romero not come to fruition. Defending the title just once since then, Bisping faced a remarkably unworthy challenger in Henderson, who only received the title shot to fulfill an expired, 10-year-old grudge match.