Graphic Images: Gruesome Leg Injury Sidelines Luke Rockhold

Luke Rockhold’s latest leg injury is not for the squeamish.

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Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold won’t be returning to the octagon anytime soon.

Rockhold was rumored to be moving up to light heavyweight for a bout with two-time title contender Alexander Gustafsson at August’s UFC 227, but according to a report from MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, a leg injury has postponed his return after he was brutally knocked out by Yoel Romero in his last bout at March’s UFC 221.

Rockhold reportedly re-injured the leg in training last week. He posted a gruesome video showing the stitches he received via Helwani on social media, putting his expected return in October at the earliest:

Gruesome to be sure, and a second video of the graphic scene detailed the stitching even further:

Rockhold took an injured left knee – the same leg which he’s getting stitched in the above videos – into his fight with Michael Bisping at June 2016’s UFC 199, a bout that is still considered one of one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts history when ‘The Count’ knocked him out in the first frame to become one of the more unlikely champions the UFC has ever seen.

Helwani said he reinjured the leg last week, although it appears this is a shin injury based on the videos shown.

Since losing to Bisping, Rockhold took over a year off to heal from the aforementioned knee injury and returned to defeat former WSOF two-division champ David Branch last September to earn a title shot at champ Robert Whittaker, who was forced out of their fight with his own long list of ailments.

Romero replaced him and stopped Rockhold, after which the former AKA standout said he was considering a move up to 205 pounds due to the draining weight cut to middleweight. That move will have to wait, at least for now.

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Jon Jones Continues Twitter Assault On Alexander Gustafsson

One’s a disgraced former champion who may be facing a multiple-year suspension for steroids and the other is 3-3 in his last six fights, but that isn’t stopping longtime rivals Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson from continually throwing down on social media. Jones jumped into Gustafsson’s online feud with current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier […]

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One’s a disgraced former champion who may be facing a multiple-year suspension for steroids and the other is 3-3 in his last six fights, but that isn’t stopping longtime rivals Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson from continually throwing down on social media.

Jones jumped into Gustafsson’s online feud with current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier last night, focusing on “The Mauler’s” tough talk despite losses to both “Bones” and “DC”:

Gustafsson responded last night by teasing Jones’ issues with performance-enhancing drugs, saying that he fought tough in the championship rounds thanks to the ‘good stuff’:

That sent Jones on a reaction spree, taunting the Swedish contender by chronicling his legendary resumé of former champions on his list:

Jones made it personal by referring back to his classic bout against Gustafsson at UFC 165 almost five years ago, asking “The Mauler” if he truly thought he was on PEDs when he outlasted him by decision:

Finally, Jones resorted to the juvenile with a good ‘ol ‘American balls’ reference:

Another day, another chapter in the saga of Jones and Gus.

Their first fight was arguably the greatest fight in the history of storied 205-pound class, but several roadblocks stand in the way of the two towering superstars ever facing off in the octagon again.

Even though the hype for such a fight has obviously cooled over the past five years, it still retains a certain amount of intrigue and bad blood even after so much time.

If only Jones could make it back to the octagon soon, their rivalry could become so much more than a back-and-forth smack talk battle on Twitter – just don’t count on it anytime soon.

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Jon Jones Jumps Into Daniel Cormier & Alexander Gustafsson’s Twitter Beef

Although the UFC’s light heavyweight title is currently on hold as champion Daniel Cormier meets heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of July 7’s UFC 226, that hasn’t stopped the top fighters at 205 pounds from remaining active online and spewing smack talk at one another. The latest round in a seemingly never-ending […]

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Although the UFC’s light heavyweight title is currently on hold as champion Daniel Cormier meets heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of July 7’s UFC 226, that hasn’t stopped the top fighters at 205 pounds from remaining active online and spewing smack talk at one another.

The latest round in a seemingly never-ending saga between Cormier, legendary but troubled former champion Jon Jones, and perennial top contender Alexander Gustafsson was riled up when Gustafsson revealed he had signed a lucrative new contract with the UFC.

Announcing the deal, ‘The Mauler’ threw a bit of shade at the aging Cormier, suggesting he was ready to fight while Cormier was discussing retirement:

But even though Gustafsson talked a big game and suggested Cormier was the one soon to quit, ‘DC’s’ been the far more active fighter than the towering Swede, who has fought only five times since his historic loss to Jones at 2013’s UFC 165.

Cormier has fought twice as much as ‘The Mauler’ in that timeframe, including a split decision victory over Gustafsson at UFC 192 in 2015 for one of his three title defenses of the 205-pound belt. So even though that fight and Gustafsson’s match-up with Jones went down to the wire, Gustafsson is largely known for his two closest losses, something “DC” brutally pointed out on Twitter while urging Gus to quit talking on social media and go fight :

Finally, in a reaction that may have been a bit unexpected (or may not at all), Jones chimed in tonight by saying that even though he didn’t like Cormier, Gustafsson should bring the ‘tough guy’ act to the championship rounds when fighting the best at 205:

Arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history and almost definitely the best light heavyweight to fight in the UFC (at least by the numbers), Jones was almost assuredly on the way to becoming the most dominant to set foot in the octagon before a long, concerning series of outside-the-cage incident involving all sort of drugs both recreational and performance-enhancing derailed his otherwise decorated career as he continues playing the victim.

‘Bones” latest comeback was at last July’s UFC 214, where he knocked out Cormier in the third round of their awaited rematch to take back the throne most felt was rightly his anyway. Yet he ruined the emphatic return by testing positive for anabolic steroid Turinabol and is currently facing punishment for his second PED-related offense from USADA after essentially claiming that he didn’t know the steroids got into his system in a previous hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).

Jones could be suspended for quite some time; however, he’s still the only man to defeat Cormier and Gustafsson, and he could somehow return for yet another comeback sooner than we think. He could also just as easily stay on the sidelines as the most shocking, cautionary tale of wasted talent in MMA history as well.

Either way, he’s not going to let his former  – and possibly future – rivals get away with generating some heat without him being involved.

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Daniel Cormier Reacts To Alexander Gustafsson’s Latest Shot

The war of words between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson continue. Although Cormier already has his next fight lined up, he is still talking about the title contender. If you recall, the two fighters already faced each other at UFC 192 in 2015, where Cormier won via split decision. Gustafsson has […]

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The war of words between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson continue.

Although Cormier already has his next fight lined up, he is still talking about the title contender. If you recall, the two fighters already faced each other at UFC 192 in 2015, where Cormier won via split decision.

Gustafsson has won back-to-back fights since losing a close split decision to Cormier at UFC 192. In those fights, he scored a unanimous decision victory over Jan Blachowicz and knocking out Glover Teixeira.

Last week, Gustafsson revealed in an Instagram post that he had signed a new contract with the UFC. In this post on the social media platform, Gustafsson decided to take a shot at the UFC champion by writing the following in the caption:

“While others are talking about retirement, I just signed my new deal with the @ufc today. I am grateful, excited, and I will be fighting very soon! I need to thank my family, my team @wesportagency and @allstarsgymsweden.

I would also like to give a special thank you to my fight management @neems01 and @majdishammas at Moments Sports Management for securing the biggest deal of my career. Soon to be the world.”

Obviously, this didn’t sit well with Cormier, who fired back at the title contender with the following on Twitter:

“Alex, what exactly have you accomplished in your career? I’ve earned the right to retire on top. Your greatest accomplishment is two close losses. Congrats on the new contract, now go fight. It’s been two years. Enough with the social media. #gofight.”

The UFC light heavyweight champion will fight UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226.

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Daniel Cormier & Alexander Gustafsson Continue Airing Out Their Issues On Social Media

Although he is preparing for his legendary showdown against UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 during International Fight Week in Las Vegas in July, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier sure seems to be spending some time airing …

Although he is preparing for his legendary showdown against UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 during International Fight Week in Las Vegas in July, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier sure seems to be spending some time airing out his issues with Alexander Gustafsson. By now, everyone has seen the painfully awkward interview […]

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Jon Jones Makes Intriguing Promise To Alexander Gustafsson

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has fired back at Alexander Gustafsson. There is some history between these two fighters as Jones successfully retained his light heavyweight title over Gustafsson back at UFC 165 in 2013 by decision. It was a close war that saw both men have their moments and one of the […]

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has fired back at Alexander Gustafsson.

There is some history between these two fighters as Jones successfully retained his light heavyweight title over Gustafsson back at UFC 165 in 2013 by decision.

It was a close war that saw both men have their moments and one of the best fights in the history of the promotion. Some fight fans could even argue that the former title contender may have won the fight.

So much so that the talk of a rematch was real enough that it would’ve probably been made if Jones didn’t have personal and legal issues since that fight.

Earlier this week, Gustafsson appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show to talk about various topics including Jones.

During that appearance, the former title contender went on record by stating that beating Jones is “bigger than taking the belt,” then he signed a “lucrative” new deal with the UFC.

This leads us to Thursday where Jones went to his official Twitter account to respond to Gustafsson’s comments by stating that Gustafsson will never beat him. He wrote the following on the social media platform:

@AlexTheMauler Beat me in three? Your hands were the only thing you had over me in our first fight. That gap is closing fast. Our first fight will be the greatest thing you’ve ever done inside of that octagon. You will never beat me, that’s my promise to you.

Jones tested positive for Turinabol before his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 and the CSAC later revoked Jones’ MMA license and fined him $205,000 at the hearing held earlier this year that would determine Jones’ fate as a result of this drug test.

Now, Jones is waiting for a hearing about the decision made by USADA regarding his punishment.

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