Ex-middleweight champ Luke Rockhold leaves UFC, will fight on

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold intends to continue fighting outside of the UFC after securing his release from the company.

In an appearance on The MMA Hour on Monday, Rockhold, 38, announced that he and the UFC have split, ending a partnership that began in 2013. Rockhold retired from the Octagon in August after losing a decision in three rounds to Paulo Costa – but now wants to fight again with a new promotion.

“I need a new environment,” Rockhold said. “I need a new challenge… You’re burnt out in the game when you’ve accomplished so much, and you need new obstacles.”

Rockhold did not provide details on a possible move. Possible options in MMA include Bellator MMA where he already has a relationship with President Scott Coker, PFL and One Championship. He also said he would consider a move to boxing.

Rockhold (16-6) won the 2015 UFC Middleweight Championship by defeating Chris Weidman via TKO. He lost the belt in his first scheduled title defense against Michael Bisping in 2016 and then struggled to stay healthy from 2016 to 2022 while slipping 3-1.

The Santa Cruz native at times publicly clashed with the UFC over a perceived lack of respect. In August, UFC President Dana White praised Rockhold’s recent fight against Costa, saying: “I will never say anything [bad] about him, I totally respect him.” Rockhold later said he appreciated White’s comments.

Prior to his run in the UFC, Rockhold established himself as one of the best fighters in the world outside of promotion, having held a 185-pound title in Strikeforce from 2011-2012. He has notable victories over Weidman, Bisping, Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

https://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/35518228/ex-middleweight-champ-luke-rockhold-leaves-ufc-fight-on Ex-middleweight champ Luke Rockhold leaves UFC, will fight on

Emma Bowman

USTimesPost.com is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@ustimespost.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button