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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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Can’t deny it wouldn’t be another classic.
Is a fourth rematch on the horizon for these two DOMINANT champions? #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/7ZksFt3KMp
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 13, 2022
Every morning this week I’ve spilled coffee on myself as I’m walking out the door late to everything or covered on coffee. Been a great week lol
— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) October 13, 2022
It’s not much but honest work.
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) October 13, 2022
— Jiri BJP Prochazka (@jiri_bjp) October 13, 2022
The price you have to pay.
We all did, Brendan.
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— victor flor (@mmavic125lb) October 13, 2022
I think I have my next title defense @Hasbulla_NFT pic.twitter.com/2NPWYdn7uj
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) October 13, 2022
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— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) October 13, 2022
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Taking in the sights & sounds of Abu Dhabi
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— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) October 13, 2022
New Holloway dropping soon.
Max Holloway fans: @BlessedMMA has a new sitdown conversation with @JamesPalmerTV and @Sun_Outdoors. Debuts on Monday, Oct. 17 and promises to “show the fighter’s vulnerable side not normally seen by his fans. “
First time I’ve seen the series, but preview looks good!!! pic.twitter.com/kesOLyyJJN
— John Morgan (@JohnMorgan_MMA) October 13, 2022
She trains UFC.
Yeah let’s talk about this @dc_mma ! Tell me why you got your trilogy with @stipemiocic right after he TKO you in the rematch ?!
— Julianna Pena (@VenezuelanVixen) October 13, 2022
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