Morning Report: Luke Rockhold eager to box Jake Paul: ‘UFC released me just to go f****** hunt that kid down’


Luke Rockhold is over the Jake Paul boxing fad.

Combat sports free agency has gotten crazier than ever in 2023. The likes of former Strikeforce champion Francis Ngannou and Nate Diaz are now joining the ranks.

Rockhold resigned immediately after the defeat of Paulo Costa in a unanimous decision. The ability to take his pick with any future opportunity imaginable has seemingly rejuvenated the brash 38-year-old and he hopes to show the newer generation a thing or two in his next time out.

“I would like to beat all these little f ****** punks that think it’s possible box,” Rockhold said to Helen Yee . One in particular. Jake [Paul] would be f****** great. The UFC kinda released me just to go f****** hunt that kid down.

“I asked for the release, we were talking about after our boxing session at Churchhill [Boxing Club] with Pete Berg and he said, ‘Ah, yeah. I’ll ask Dana [White].’ And he said, yeah, Luke can go f****** fight that kid. Go beat his ass. Okay, I said. Yes, I will. So, I was released to beat your f****** ass. The dog is here. The bounty man. The hitman. I’m f****** here. Answer the f****** call.”

A boxing match with Rockhold would be right in line with the trajectory of Paul’s pro boxing career thus far. He’s fought four former MMA champions, and won against them all in “The Problem Child’s” six matches.

Paul’s last bout was arguably his toughest yet, defeating Rockhold’s fellow former UFC middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva via a unanimous decision in October. Feb. 25 in Saudi Arabia is now the expected next date for Paul to compete as he and Tommy Fury will attempt to make a third booking the charm for their match. Rockhold is available to help Fury if he has any issues.

” We all know Jake. It ain’t ***,” Rockhold said The Schmo . We all know Tommy Fury won’t make it to fight, so we might just skip the gym to just have f ****** ready to tap on the kid’s face f ****** February. 25.

“Tommy Fury could just be box Dillon Danis. That’s my favorite pullout match. I show up to the fights, I do my thing. There are always opportunities. I am ready to fight ******. I’m just not ready to be locked into any contracts. I enjoy this freedom. The best yet


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As a longtime fan, I’m glad we’re likely getting to see Rockhold back… I just don’t care for it or want it to be in boxing. I’m not sold on him joining Bellator so PFL’s upcoming PPV events may be just what the doctor ordered. There is no chance that he will compete in the tournament.

Happy Friday, all. Enjoy another UFC-less weekend before things get really crazy. Thank you for reading.


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