Retiring from the UFC has been an oddly controversial topic for too many fighters. Most fighters cannot retire on their own terms, some leave with a loss, some are fired, and some get so injured they can’t even fight.
Luke Rockhold had a pretty weird retirement where he lost the fight but lost a lot of hearts. But it seems his retirement will be short-lived.
As a fighter, Luke has always excelled. He trained at the AKA gym alongside legends like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier. A common trait of these names is their modesty and down-to-earthness.
But Luke took a very different approach as he based his whole personality around being brash and confrontational.
As the saying goes, if you’re going to talk then make sure you lead the way. Rockhold was a solid fighter leading to his title shot as he only lost one fight in that span. But after winning the title against Chris Weidman, things really changed. Luke seemed to be trying hard to calm his opponents down, but couldn’t maintain the same level of composure during a fight.
Fights against famous fighters like Michael Bisping, Yoel Romero and Jan Blachowicz all ended with him being defeated by KO/TKO. Fans were already unwelcome to his form of trash talk, and continued losses only made matters worse. After 2019, the AKA prospect went on a long hiatus, returning after three years against Paulo Costa.
The game against Borrachina was something very special for the former champions. Luke was old and his body refused to cooperate with him during battle. This left him vulnerable to vicious punches from a power hitter like Costa.
In the end he lost the fight but the respect he had lost from the fans returned.
Luke Rockhold comes out of retirement following his UFC release.
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— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) January 24, 2023
Now, less than a year after his retirement, Rockhold is already teasing a return. But this time around, he’ll likely fight outside of the UFC. He can potentially fight for the PFL or Rizin. A celebrity match against Jake Paul is also not out of the question. Grappling events are also possible and he may even be able to compete for teammate Khabib’s promotion to Eagle FC.
Who do you think the 38-year-old should fight next?
https://www.sportszion.com/we-still-here-its-comeback-season-ex-ufc-champ-luke-rockhold-hinting-at-a-comeback-after-his-recent-retirement/ “We’re still here, it’s comeback season!” Ex-UFC champion Luke Rockhold hints at a comeback after his recent retirement