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Luke Rockhold talks Mayweather-Berto, MMA media & critical reception of flyweight fights

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UFC middleweight Number 1 contender, Luke Rockhold discusses the problem with lighter weight classes, his thoughts on MMA media, and his take on Mayweather's retirement bout.

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UFC middleweight Number 1 contender, Luke Rockhold has been making the media rounds lately, and ruffling some feathers along the way. With his recent comments on featherweight interim champion, Conor McGregor, there is a growing number of fans that feel Rockhold might be throwing stones while living in a glass house.

Bloody Elbow caught up with Luke late yesterday for a quick interview before he takes off for Paris, France to fulfill some PR duties for Adidas and got his take on the topics du jour. Here's what he had to say:

Stephie Haynes: The media coverage of fighters can be sometimes overwhelming, with more and more tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook posts being used and micro-examined as source material for articles. Do you like seeing the media go in that direction or do you think it should be focused more on the cage and formal interviews?

Luke Rockhold: Whatever you do, you're definitely under a microscope, so you've just got to be careful with everything you release on social media outlets. That being said, I'm obviously not the most filtered person, so you kind of get what you see. Sometimes people over-emphasize what I'm doing and speculate on certain things, so I like to mess with them a little bit by putting out posts that will induce imaginations to run wild.

Stephie Haynes: Recently, you kind of put the screws to Conor McGregor regarding his behavior at the "Go Big" presser. As a result, I've seen many fans commenting that you're attention seeking and even a bit hypocritical in your assessment of him. Does that bother you any?

Luke Rockhold: People take what they want from those Q&A sessions. I sit there and answer the questions in an honest fashion. A lot of media likes to talk about that guy, so when I get asked about him, I tell them how I feel. It's not about making headlines or getting attention. I'm not volunteering this stuff. They ask, I answer truthfully.

It's tough, but if you're loud enough and brash enough, you can be heard in those lighter weight classes. McGregor has proven that very well. -Luke Rockhold

Stephie Haynes: We just saw Mighty Mouse and John Dodson headline a PPV, and prior to that fight, the gate sales were paltry, and ultimately ended up being the lowest Las Vegas gate in about a decade. Do you think the lighter weight classes are not ready to be headlining PPVs and may need to be set as co-main events until the casual public catches up to the hardcores, viewership-wise?

Luke Rockhold: It's tough for the little guys. I feel for them. I enjoy watching Demetrious Johnson fight. They're just so small and so fast, I think the casuals have a hard time keeping up with everything that's going down. They want the big, noisy, powerful punches and fights where you can hear the cage rocking and rattling throughout the whole contest.

It's tough, but if you're loud enough and brash enough, you can be heard in those lighter weight classes. McGregor has proven that very well. It also helps to have an entire country behind you, too.

Stephie Haynes: What are your predictions for the Mayweather fight, and where do you feel he sits on boxing's all-time P4P list?

Luke Rockhold: I think Floyd will pick Berto apart pretty handily. He'll probably end up stopping him later in the fight. I just haven't been impressed with Berto lately, and if you look at this fight realistically, you already know that Mayweather is on another level. As far as the pound-for-pound list, it's a tough call. I know he fits somewhere in the top 10, and likely near the top, but I'm just not sure where.