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Rockhold vs. Bisping Not The Plan. What Is?

While Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping seem determined to settle their differences inside the Octagon this year, UFC president Dana White has other plans.

The UFC boss told UFC.com that the fight the company is looking to book is Rockhold vs. former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. White also said the fight could take place in Brazil.

“We’re looking at Rockhold-Machida in Brazil. That’s what we’re looking at,” he said.

There were reports this week linking Machida to a possible C.B. Dolloway fight, but White said the Machida-Rockhold bout makes the most sense.

As far as Bisping and Rockhold, expect the war of words to continue. Both fighters have been very vocal and colorful with their barbs at the other on various social media outlets.

In the latest development, Bisping called out Rockhold directly after his win over Cung Le in Macao.

“There’s an idiot called Luke Rockhold who doesn’t stop talking about me. I think he has the hots for me, to be honest,” Bisping said. “Luke Rockhold, if you want to do it, let’s dance.”

White said that Rockhold-Bisping may happen someday, but not right now.

“Anything is possible. Michael Bisping is ranked number eight in the world. Rockhold is number five.,” he said. “They’ll meet each other anyway eventually, but Rockhold has got Machida first.”

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