Luke Rockhold was born in Santa Cruz, California, in the USA on October 17th in 1984. Rockhold got into mixed martial arts at a young age when he began training Judo at 6 and then wrestled in high school while also practicing Jiu-Jitsu. Rockhold’s Jiu-Jitsu training paid off as he is now a black belt which has helped him excel in MMA.
Rockhold won the Strikeforce middleweight title in 2011 and made two title defenses before the UFC bought out Strikeforce and Rockhold began fighting in the Octagon. Rockhold was knocked out in the first round of his UFC debut by Vitor Belfort but has gone 4-0 with all 4 fights ending before the 3rd round to move up to the #1 contender spot and earn a shot at the UFC middleweight championship at UFC 194 which takes place December 2015.
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