Luke Rockhold’s leg has seen better days. Rockhold isn’t expected to be back inside the Octagon anytime soon. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder’s last bout was back in February. Rockhold was kno…
Luke Rockhold’s leg has seen better days. Rockhold isn’t expected to be back inside the Octagon anytime soon. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder’s last bout was back in February. Rockhold was knocked out by Yoel Romero, which meant he failed to capture interim gold. Romero went on to take on Robert […]
Luke Rockhold’s leg injury might just be one of the nastiest things you’ll ever see.
In his interim UFC middleweight title fight against Yoel Romero this past February, Rockhold busted his leg open while kicking The Soldier Of God.” He’d go on to lose that contest via third-round knockout.
While he was training for a debut fight at 205 pounds, that likely would’ve been against former light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson, Rockhold re-opened the wound and required it to get repaired yet again.
As a result, the former Strikeforce champ will be sidelined another three months. It’s likely we don’t see Rockhold make his light heavyweight debut until the end of the year.
In the meantime, Rockhold seems to be keeping fans updated on his status via ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. Helwani has been posting photo and video updates of Rockhold’s injured leg for the past few weeks.
The latest shows off the nasty battle wound, and it’s truly disgusting. Check it out in the embedded Tweet below, it should be noted Helwani confirms Rockhold can’t start kicking with it for another three months:
In just three days (Sat., June 9, 2018) the biggest UFC pay-per-view (PPV) of the year thus far will go down when UFC 225 takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The event is legitimately stacked from top to bottom, with two title fights headlining when middleweight champion Robert Whittaker meets Yoel Romero in a rematch of their UFC 213 match-up and former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos meets brash trash-talker Colby Covington for the interim welterweight title in the co-main event.
Those are only the two main bouts as well, and the card plays host to an almost never-ending stream of high-profile match-ups and potentially exciting bouts. The fighters participated in the traditional pre-fight media day for the event today (Thurs., June 7, 2018) and squared off at the tail end of it. To no one’s surprise, Covington kept running his mouth throughout his entire staredown with the calm, collected RDA.
Watch the UFC 225 media day faceoffs courtesy of MMA Fighting right here:
After more than 14 years in mixed martial arts, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has called it a career.
The brash, outspoken Brit officially announced his retirement on his Believe You Me podcast (via MMA Fighting) earlier today (Mon., May 28, 2018) after speculation believed he would take one final fight before calling it a career. That wasn’t the case according to “The Count”:
“So obviously I’ve teased this for a long time now, I might fight again, I might not. And unfortunately it’s not a fight that I’m announcing. I am going to announce my official retirement from mixed martial arts.”
One of the most successful fighters in UFC history, Bisping dealt with a disappointing streak as of late, losing to rising contender Kelvin Gastelum by brutal knockout at last November’s UFC Shanghai only three weeks after Georges St-Pierre choked him unconscious to take the middleweight belt from him at UFC 217.
It was largely thought he would take some time off to regroup and return to any number of retirement fights against names like Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida, and Luke Rockhold. But following years worth of injury to his right eye, “The Count” stated he had begun to see flashes in his left eye after the loss to Gastelum, which understandably had him concerned about his vision:
“I realized there’s no flash going on; it’s just my eye, and every time I look left, it flashes. And it still does it now when it’s dark,” Bisping said. “It’s light now so I can’t see it. So I started freaking out, thinking oh my God, I don’t believe this, I’ve got a detached retina in my good eye. I have problems with my bad eye, it doesn’t look good, so obviously I was kind of freaking out.”
The longtime veteran will go down as one of the best and toughest combatants the UFC and MMA have ever seen, owning the record for most wins in UFC history, most fights, and most significant strikes landed.
But after doctors said he had a vitreous detachment in his left eye, Bisping reached the decision to retire after watching The Journeyman, a film about a fighter who suffers health issues after taking one fight too many:
“I was watching this movie last night and I just thought, it ain’t worth it,” Bisping said. “It ain’t worth it. I mean, what else am I going to do? I’ve won the belt, I’ve had tons of wins, I’ve done everything that I set out to achieve. What’s the point in flogging a dead horse? Not that I’m a dead horse, but what’s the point? I’ve done everything that I set out to achieve, and fortunately now I’ve used my platform to open other doors. You know, you’ve got to know when to walk away. I’m almost 40 years old, the time is now. So, I want to say, first of all, thank you to my wife. Without her, it wouldn’t have happened. That’s a fact. She was incredible every single step of the way. My children. My dad. My dad was amazing. And of course everyone in the U.K. and around the world that supported me.
“So, yeah, there you go. Great career. That’s that. Thank you everybody.”
It was most certainly a great career from “The Count, who debuted in the UFC as the winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 3 at light heavyweight.
He moved down to middleweight and became one of the most consistent competitors at 185 pounds although it seemed like he may never become truly elite after losses in big spots to fighters like Chael Sonnen and Belfort. He proved those doubters wrong in a late-career surge, however, defeating Anderson Silva by a controversial decision and parlaying it into a short-notice title fight against then-champion Luke Rockhold to secure one of the biggest upsets in UFC history by stealing the belt in the very first frame at June 2016’s UFC 199.
Bisping then defended the title once against longtime rival Dan Henderson at October 2016’s UFC 204.
his manager Audie Attar released a statement to MMA Junkie congratulating his client on a great career:
“Congrats to Michael on a Hall of Fame career,” Attar said. “‘The Ultimate Fighter’ winner, two-time ‘Ultimate fighter’ coach, winningest fighter in UFC history and first British UFC Champion in history. I’ve been honored to work with Michael toward the championship years and have watched him fight through trials and tribulations as he was a perennial title contender, ultimately reaching the sport’s greatest achievement by winning a UFC championship.
“Through all that, he has achieved the one thing I’m most proud of – how hard he fought for his family’s future, risking his life on the line each time he stepped into the octagon. I am proud to call Michael a client, but more importantly a dear friend. Now it’s time for Michael to achieve greatness in the next phase of his professional career. The future looks bright, Mr. Bisping. Thank you for all that you’ve done for our sport!”
It’s safe to suggest any true fan of the sport of MMA will wish ‘The Count’ the same, and we at LowKick MMA wish him the best in all his endeavors.
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:
Luke Rockhold reinjured his leg in training late last week and is now definitely not fighting Alexander Gustafsson this summer. I’m told he’s hoping to return in October, at the earliest. Here’s a video he provided to me of his shin getting stitched up. (Warning: GRAPHIC) pic.twitter.com/CDQseH7nUN
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.
Sometimes, the UFC shoots itself in the foot with problems that were easily avoidable. Whether it’s just bad matchmaking or more nefarious issues, the UFC has gone into crisis mode more often than they’d like to admit, and it seems like its been happening with concerning regularity lately. With mainstream media attention and publicity at […]
Sometimes, the UFC shoots itself in the foot with problems that were easily avoidable.
Whether it’s just bad matchmaking or more nefarious issues, the UFC has gone into crisis mode more often than they’d like to admit, and it seems like its been happening with concerning regularity lately.
With mainstream media attention and publicity at an all-time high, the UFC needs to learn from their mistakes of the past to ensure a better product, but even as the world’s best MMA promotion by a wide margin, they could sometimes do much better in dealing with the curveballs the notoriously volatile fight game throws their way.
We broke down the six biggest messes the UFC could have easily avoided, and the results may surprise you:
6. Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
This match-up never made sense in the first place, yet the UFC insisted on putting it together.
They tried it at UFC 151 on short notice after Dan Henderson was forced out with a knee inury, which Jones declined. The UFC then canceled the entire card altogether.
Ignoring fate, they put on the fight at UFC 159 instead, and Jones predictably smashed Sonnen in the first round. However, Jones did break his toe in a freak accident while defending a takedown, and one wonders whether Sonnen could have won the belt had the bout gone past the first round. Jones’ big toe was completely broken in the most grotesque way; he had snagged it in a tear in the Octagon canvas.
But the writing was on the wall the entire time the UFC insisted on putting together a Jones vs. Sonnen title fight.
They tried to punish Jones for not accepting the bout on a week’s notice, yet in reality, it was the fans and other fighters on UFC 151 who were punished.