What Is The Fight Status Of Former UFC Champion Luke Rockhold?
When it comes to the end of his career, Luke Rockhold hasn’t heard the final bell just yet.
The 35-year-old Rockhold (16-5) ended up telling ESPN that he is not retiring from active MMA competition anytime soon. This comes after he told Airel Helwani back in October he had no desire to fight again. As to why he would decide to come back, Rockhold kept it short and sweet:
“Because I felt like it,” said Rockhold.
Making his professional debut in 2007, Rockhold would become a true force with Strikeforce. He was undefeated for the promotion (9-0), winning the Strikeforce Middleweight Title in the process. While he would lose his first fight in the UFC in 2014, Rockhold rebounded by winning his next five. One of those wins was a TKO-win against Chris Weidman for the UFC Middleweight Title in 2015.
A rematch was supposed to take place but Weidman got injured before the fight. Michael Bisping would replace Weidman and would knock Rockhold out in the first round at UFC 199. Since then, he has suffered through various injuries and is 1-3 in his last four fights. Rockhold made his light heavyweight debut in 2019, losing to Jan Blachowicz via knockout.
Rockhold previously stated this year that he just needs to get healthy and he could return to the octagon. The timing happens to coincide with Weidman (15-5) returning to middleweight after a stint at light heavyweight as well. He won his first fight since 2017 this past weekend, beating Omari Akhmedov via unanimous decision. Rockhold would hint on Instagram that he could face Weidman again.
As he trains for a comeback, Rockhold will be working with both American Kickboxing Academy in California and Sanford MMA in Florida.