Luke Rockhold Responds To Paulo Costa Drunk Excuse: ‘Just Shut Up’

RockholdLuke Rockhold is clearly not a fan of Paulo Costa. Costa made headlines recently when he claimed he was kind of drunk or hungover during his middleweight title defeat to Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 in September. “I was kind of drunk (when) I fought, maybe, on (sic) hangover,” Costa said. “I couldn’t sleep because […]

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Luke Rockhold is clearly not a fan of Paulo Costa.

Costa made headlines recently when he claimed he was kind of drunk or hungover during his middleweight title defeat to Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 in September.

“I was kind of drunk (when) I fought, maybe, on (sic) hangover,” Costa said. “I couldn’t sleep because of the (leg) cramps. Keep in mind that the fight happens at 9 a.m. (local time), we have to wake up at 5 (a.m.) to get ready, stretch, wrap the hands. The UFC told us to wake up at 5 in the morning to go to the arena to fight. I hadn’t slept until 2:30 (a.m).“

“It was my mistake and I don’t blame anyone else, it was something I chose (to do), but, in order to try to sleep, because I had to sleep since I was awake for twenty-four hours, I had wine, too much wine, a bottle (of wine) to try to black out. I had a glass and didn’t work. Two glasses, it didn’t work. Half bottle, didn’t work. I had it all.”

Those comments naturally drew ridicule from many in the combat sports world and Rockhold — who is targeting a comeback in the division soon — is the latest to comment on the excuse.

“The Paulo Costa guy’s just annoying. Stupid,” Rockhold told Submission Radio. “Talking about getting drunk off wine is just the dumbest thing I’ve ever fucking heard.

“Just shut up. Shut up and stop making excuses like that. That’s just a farfetched… pretty dumb. Pretty f*cken dumb.” 

As for Costa’s old foe Adesanaya and his chances against Rockhold’s last opponent in Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 this weekend, the former middleweight champion certainly likes them.

“I like Israel in the fight,” Rockhold added. “You never know, Jan has a very herky jerky style. I rushed the fight. I thought he was more visible. He wasn’t as clean and as confident as I thought he would be. I just over put myself into a takedown situation, which I don’t normally do. I thought I could just finish the fight pretty easily, and I wasn’t used to his size and strength and overcommitted to a takedown and just juiced my arms up.

“And by the time I got out of the clinch I was just like, I was watered down, had all the blood in my arms and I couldn’t get off like I should. If I was more patient and just waited for my shots, my opportunities, I think it would be a much different fight. And I see Israel has just this confidence and I think he’s peaking right now. I think he’ll be more patient. I think he’ll see Jan, and I think he’ll find his mark more often than not.”

What do you make of Rockhold’s comments?

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Anthony Smith Still Hates Luke Rockhold, ‘Would Love To Beat That Guy Up’

Smith Luke Rockhold unimpressedThere is still no love lost between Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold. Smith snapped a two-fight losing skid after enjoying a first-round submission victory over Devin Clark at UFC Vegas 15 this past weekend. “Lionheart” has since claimed he would be okay with fighting lower-ranked opponents if that’s what it would take to get him […]

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There is still no love lost between Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold.

Smith snapped a two-fight losing skid after enjoying a first-round submission victory over Devin Clark at UFC Vegas 15 this past weekend.

“Lionheart” has since claimed he would be okay with fighting lower-ranked opponents if that’s what it would take to get him back into title contention. However, there is one opponent not in the rankings that also makes sense and that’s Rockhold.

The former middleweight champion hasn’t competed since a failed light heavyweight debut against Jan Blachowicz last year that saw him suffer a brutal second-round knockout defeat. He has since hinted at a potential return and Smith is more than happy to face him now that it makes sense.

“I hate Luke Rockhold. I would love to beat that guy up,” Smith said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Middle Easy). “I just think that at the beginning of the Luke Rockhold and I beef, it didn’t make any sense at all because he wasn’t even in the division. Then he looked awful in the Jan (Blachowicz) fight, which in hindsight I guess doesn’t look bad anymore, but it just didn’t make any sense at the time.

“I think had this fight with Devin (Clark) had been with Luke, it would have made sense. But Luke still hasn’t shown his ability to stay conscious long enough to have a real fight.”

The beef between Rockhold and Smith stemmed from when the former mocked the latter for getting a title shot against Jon Jones last year. Smith has wanted to beat up Rockhold ever since as it doesn’t look like their beef is ending anytime soon.

That said, Smith is open to burying the hatchet. The only question is if Rockhold is capable of doing the same.

“There’s not too many people that get under my skin like that and Luke absolutely did,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, if we’re in different weight classes I can probably let it go. I’ve actually had other issues that weren’t as public, with other guys that are still in the UFC. Like me and Uriah Hall, we couldn’t even be in the same room at the same time. Me and Derek Brunson had some back and forth a little bit some years ago, when Strikeforce came over to the UFC.

“It’s kind of cool now, I see Uriah out and we’re all chummy and buddies and stuff, and me and Derek are on cordial terms. So I’m not against burying the hatchet and moving on and being an adult. I just don’t feel like Luke’s one of those guys you can do that with. I think his ego’s too big to do something like that.”

Would you like to see Rockhold vs. Smith?

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Luke Rockhold Eyes Darren Till Fight At The O2 Arena

Luke RockholdFormer UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is hoping to face top contender Darren Till at the O2 Arena in London for his return fight. Rockhold temporarily walked away from the sport after suffering a knockout loss against Jan Blachowicz in his light-heavyweight debut. A couple of weeks ago the 38-year-old revealed he had quickly become […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is hoping to face top contender Darren Till at the O2 Arena in London for his return fight. Rockhold temporarily walked away from the sport after suffering a knockout loss against Jan Blachowicz in his light-heavyweight debut. A couple of weeks ago the 38-year-old revealed he had quickly become bored with retirement and was going to return to fighting.

Till seems to be Rockhold’s preferred opponent. Speaking to former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub on the latest episode of Food Truck Diaries, he said.

“I like the Till fight. Till would be a fun fight, it would be fun to do in the O2 arena… I don’t know how I feel fighting with no fans. It takes all that steam out, all the wind out of your sails. I like making history, I like going out there, the cream rises to the top when you put all the pressure on. It’s the pressure, it is the obstacle of fighting that is why I love it.”

If for some reason Rockhold is unable to get a fight against Till he is open to fighting Jack Hermansson. He is also desperate to run it back with Chris Weidman who he previously beat by TKO to capture the middleweight title back in 2015.

“I like Jack Hermansson, kid has done well for himself. Chris Weidman is always opening his mouth, I would love to shut his mouth,” Rockhold said. “He is always talking post-fight as if he beat me or would beat me and never really shut up about it. There is nothing worse than a guy than once you beat them and they just keep running their mouth. I wouldn’t mind closing that door.”

Who do you think former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold should face in his first fight back?