While most fans and writers of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC feel the time is ripe for a grudge match between UFC Middleweights Luke Rockhold and The Count Michael Bisping, the promotion seems to have another plan altogether for the former Strike Force fighter.
Dana White, the president of the UFC recently stated that in all probability, Rockhold will be given a fight against the current top contender for the UFC Middleweight Championship Lyoto Machida despite the bad blood that has been brewing between him and the Englishman.
White stated that anything is possible in the UFC. Bisping is currently ranked at eighth in the UFC Middleweight category whereas Rockhold stands at fifth; they will eventually fight each other in the future but for the moment, Rockhold will have to battle it out against the Brazilian Machida.
He also mentioned that the reason behind choosing Machida over Michael Bisping is that there is a UFC pay per view event scheduled in Brazil for October and that is the slot they are working for with the fight between the two.
The Count called out Rockhold as recently as last week after his win against Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48. Rockhold also wants to settle their differences inside the Octagon even claiming that he would donate the entire earnings from the fight to the Englishman if he failed to finish him in the first round itself.
Michael Bisping is currently on a run of 3-3, alternating wins with defeats since January 2012 but Rockhold has looked very good in the past couple of matches and many believe the Englishman is there for the taking for the American Kickboxing Academy graduate.
But the UFC want him to put all his grudges on the shelf for now and take on Machida instead.