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Middleweight contender Luke Rockhold pushing his candidacy at UFC 172

At Wednesday's media availability for UFC 172 in Baltimore, one fighter stood out among the others -- middleweight Luke Rockhold, a guy with a movie star name and looks to match.

At times, Rockhold seems to be more of a politician than a fighter, often pointing into the video camera to give his answers, as if he was strumming up votes to run for office as he was discussing his Saturday bout with Tim Boetsch. (It's among the five pay-per-view fights headlined by the lightheavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.) 

The questions for the 29-year-old Rockhold even started to sound political in nature. He was asked about looking into the future and what he saw as his plan for the year.

“I need to fight, I need to make money, and I want to be on top,” he said. “I want to be the best in the world, and you only live once.”

Rockhold (11-2) is currently the fifth-ranked middleweight contender and a heavy favorite to win at UFC 172 against Boetsch (17-6).

Rockhold is the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, but his first fight in the UFC didn’t turn out as planned. He lost to UFC veteran Vitor Belfort by knockout last May. Still not over that defeat, he hopes to have a rematch with Belfort.

“I lost to Vitor Belfort and I have to get that fight back, to be the best in the world,” he said Wednesday. “That why I’m calling for it, I’m not bitter I just know I want that fight back.”

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