Bisping believes Rockhold could fight for title pretty quick with win over Costa

Get the Full StoryMichael Bisping provides commentary and analysis at the UFC ESPN 9 event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on May 30, 2020. Photo by Jeff Bottari Zuffa LLC

If he comes back and beats Paulo Costa, he s right back in the mix . Michael Bisping believes Luke Rockhold could be fast-tracked to a title shot despite losing his last two fights via knockout and not having fought in the UFC since 2019.

Rockhold is expected to make a comeback in June, possibly against Paulo Costa, and Bisping believes a win over Borrachinha could elevate the former UFC middleweight champion back into title contention.

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People forget about the body of work he had, Bisping of his former UFC rival on a recent episode of Believe You Me h t . What he s capable of. The top control, what he can do to people. The damage he can do to people. The kicks, the length, the size, the kind of athlete he is. He s a world-class surfer, skateboarder, excellent jiu-jitsu. If he comes back and beats Paulo Costa, he s right back in the mix. If he could beat a Costa, you could see a title fight for him pretty, pretty quick.

Rockhold, who lost the middleweight title to Bisping back in 2016, was originally expected to fight Sean Strickland at UFC 268 but was forced out of the bout due to injury.

His last win came in 2017 when he TKO d David Branch in the UFC Fight Night 116 main event at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.