Luke Rockhold’s last fight did not go how he would have hoped when he was TKOd by Michael Bisping and lost the UFC middleweight championship.
The fight was a huge upset in the sports books as Bisping had taken the fight on only a few weeks notice. Taking nothing away from Bisping though, it seems like Rockhold may not have been 100% for the fight. He recently updated his fans on what was going on, including the fact he had some knee issues heading into the fight.
He might look like a laid-back Californian, but Luke Rockhold has proven to be one of the UFC’s most fearsome competitors – a top-ranked middleweight with a string of impressive victories and an eye on the title.
Since joining the UFC in 2013, Rockhold has scored wins over such notable fighters as Costas Philippou, Tim Boetsch, Michael Bisping and Lyoto Machida, the last three by submission. He previously enjoyed a nine-fight win streak in Strikeforce, capturing that organization’s middleweight title and totaling the most submission wins in its history.
Rockhold grew up in an athletic family. His father, Steve, played professional basketball in Europe, and his older brother, Matt, is a well-known professional surfer. Luke surfed the breaks in his hometown of Santa Cruz, Calif., and also skateboarded, but he didn’t find his passion until he took up jiu-jitsu and decided to try mixed martial arts.