Morning Report: Luke Rockhold discusses Dana White’s relationship and takes a model job for ‘leverage & respect’


Luke Rockhold ended his MMA career with a bang in and out of the octagon.

Blood was shed at UFC 278, and in the co-main event, Rockhold made sure Paulo Costa left with a reminder of what they’d gone through. Costa beat Rockhold in a close-fought unanimous decision, winning fight of the evening honors.

The fight gained him new respect in the MMA world. Rockhold’s fight week hype was focused on external issues. Rockhold highlighted fighter pay issues and even targeted UFC President Dana White for disrespecting him throughout his career.

After Rockhold’s final fight, White openly expressed how he’ll “never say anything” bad about the 37-year-old and that he “totally respects” him.

” It was a great feeling to be treated with the respect that I deserved. But, Rockhold said MMA Junkie . People want me to be this. I’m sure the Polo [modeling] deal didn’t help — people just hated me even more. But that was the thing with Dana in the first place. He disrespected me when I lost the title and said, ‘You ain’t s***. He said, “You weren’t this,” and I was like, “F*** you dude.” I’ll go make my money elsewhere.’

“He’s like, ‘F***, fine, go do it,’ and guess what? I became the face of Polo Ralph Lauren, I had a worldwide commercial, I had [my face in] every airport in the world, and then Dana and the UFC were like, ‘Oh, can we give you this? Can we give you that?’ I did it so I could have leverage and respect. This is why I did it. This was my whole purpose in that situation and I received some back. It was then that I received a lot disrespect because it is all naive. They paint the image for what they want to see .”


Rockhold has continued to stay in the gym and be active with his training since retirement. As history has shown, MMA retirements truly never seem to last and Rockhold has already teased recently how an Alex Pereira title win at UFC 281 next month could lure him back. Time will tell if the underrated middleweight staple is actually done for good.


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