Jake Rosholt talks win over Leben and adding a 195 lbs. division

In only his second UFC appearance Jake Rosholt defeats UFC vet Chris Leben.
In only his second UFC appearance Jake Rosholt defeats UFC vet Chris Leben.

This past weekend at UFC 102, Jake Rosholt (6-1) redeemed himself from a submission loss to Dan Miller in his UFC debut, with a “Submission of the Night” victory over Chris Leben that put “The Crippler” sound asleep (18-7) in the third round.

Rosholt dropped by Mandalay Bay on Monday to hang out with MMAJunkie Radio’s Gorgeous George and Goze to discuss his big win over the UFC veteran.

Despite Leben’s recent suspension due to testing positive for steroids, Rosholt spoke only positive about “The Crippler.” “I have nothing bad to say about the guy. Leben is a class act,” said Rosholt.

While discussing the fight Rosholt said he felt Leben tap prior to the referee stopping in. “I felt him tap,” said Rosholt. Leben even told him in the lobby after the fight, “I tried to tap once but I went out.”

When asked if he was in Leben’s position, would he rather the ref stop the bout too soon or go unconscious, Rosholt said he would definitely rather take the nap.

Jake Rosholt is a big middleweight. He walks around between 210-215 lbs. when not training. He has never missed weight in his life but he said it is very hard for him to make 185 lbs. and confessed weight for this fight was extremely difficult to make.

Rosholt is a proponent of adding some extra weight classes, especially between middleweight and light heavyweight. He would prefer to fight at 195 lbs. if the UFC would implement that division.

Although he did not say this, if the UFC does not add a 195 lbs. division, there may come a day when he has to move to light heavyweight. He definitely is not going down in weight. He said there is no way he could ever made welterweight. In fact, he said he could not even make it to 179 lbs.

Monday following the fight, Rosholt was sore but had no real injuries. As for when he would like to get back in the Octagon he wants to fight at least one more time in 2009. “I would like to fight near the end of the year,” Rosholt said. “If I could get on the New Year’s Eve card that would be great.”

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