It is safe to say that the former UFC light heavyweight title contender Anthony Smith is not a big fan of the former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. After Rockhold’s move up to the light heavyweight division, there has been a lot of bad blood between the two. Now weeks after Rockhold getting KOed in his 205 pounds debut against Jan Blachowicz, Smith has now taken verbal shots at Rockhold.
Smith was recently in a conversation with BJ Penn.com. He told them that he expected Rockhold too get knocked out because his chin wasn’t holding up at middleweight and would definitely get worse at light heavyweight. Here’s what he had to say:
As for Rockhold, I think that is what happened. He put pressure on himself. He was going to beat Jan then go and beat Jon Jones. I said it from the beginning that Rockhold’s chin wasn’t lasting at 185 so it was not going to hold up here at 205. The whole concept of, well if Anthony Smith can do it, then I can do it, you can flush that whole concept down the toilet.
“He is not me and he made it very clear in his last fight that just because I can do it doesn’t mean he can. Jan was ranked five or six when they fought, so Rockhold can’t beat the number six dude, let alone take on Jon Jones. I beat the number-two dude, number eight, and another number two. I’ve beaten two number-two guys and the eighth-ranked guy and Rockhold couldn’t even beat the sixth-ranked guy. And, it wasn’t even competitive. So I think it is time for Luke Rockhold to sit the f**k down and shut the f**k up.