Michael Bisping Believes ‘Writing On The Wall’ Suggests Luke Rockhold Retires

Luke Rockhold has received a lot of criticism over the past few weeks. The former UFC middleweight champion was knocked out in vicious fashion at UFC 239 earlier this month (Sat. July 6, 2019). Rockhold jumped up to 205 pounds for his divisional debut after being unable to regain the 185-pound title. His reign as […]

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Luke Rockhold has received a lot of criticism over the past few weeks. The former UFC middleweight champion was knocked out in vicious fashion at UFC 239 earlier this month (Sat. July 6, 2019).

Rockhold jumped up to 205 pounds for his divisional debut after being unable to regain the 185-pound title. His reign as champion ended in his first-ever title defense back in 2016 when he was knocked out by Michael Bisping at UFC 199. After his recent loss against Jan Blachowicz earlier this month, Rockhold has now lost three of his last four fights via knockout.

Speaking on his podcast, “Believe You Me,” Bisping offered his thoughts on Rockhold’s current situation. Bisping concurs with UFC President Dana White, who suggests Rockhold should consider hanging his gloves up for good. “The Count” said he believes “the writing on the wall” suggests the Californian retires (via MMA News):

“The amount of messages that people have sent me because everyone seems to think that I’m gonna take pleasure in seeing Luke knocked out like that, and it’s the opposite…the opposite. I really feel for the guy. I do,” Bisping said.

“I feel bad for him. It’s a real shame. Not only did he get his jaw broke, but he’s now been knocked out cold, viciously, in three of his last four fights. And I can’t help but think that he’s done. Now that doesn’t mean that he’s gonna be. What he could do is come back and prove everybody wrong, prove me wrong.

“That’s what I would’ve done. That’s kind of what I did. And if he does that, then my god, he’ll have my respect forever. But I gotta say, the writing on the wall looks like his career is over.”

The fact that Rockhold has been knocked out so many times in the past few years, Bisping believes the former champion will have some serious psychological demons to overcome should he decide to continue fighting:

“It’s not only the fact that A, he’s been knocked out three times out of his last four,” Bisping said. “It’s not only the fact that he’s got a broken jaw, and that’s gonna take some time to heal back from.

“It’s also the fact that it’s one thing getting knocked out cold once and coming back from that. But when you’ve been knocked out cold three of your last four, I mean, that is some psychological demons to overcome.”

Do you think Rockhold’s days competing inside the Octagon are behind him?

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Michael Bisping Feels Sorry for Luke Rockhold: “He’s Done”

Michael Bisping took home the middleweight championship in 2016 with great ceremony after knocking Luke Rockhold out after a quarrelsome build-up. If there were a video dictionary and you looked up the idiom, “Rubbing it in,” a clip of a Michael Bispin…

Michael Bisping took home the middleweight championship in 2016 with great ceremony after knocking Luke Rockhold out after a quarrelsome build-up. If there were a video dictionary and you looked up the idiom, “Rubbing it in,” a clip of a Michael Bisping interview immediately following UFC 199 would pop up. But that gloating has an […]

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Anthony Smith Would Still Love To ‘Slap The Sh*t’ Out Of Luke Rockhold

It’s no secret that Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold despise each other. So imagine the satisfaction “Lionheart” felt seeing Rockhold get knocked out by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 this past weekend (Sat. July 6, 2019). The former middleweight champion took on Blachowicz in his debut at 205 pounds. Heading into the bout, Rockhold seemed […]

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It’s no secret that Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold despise each other. So imagine the satisfaction “Lionheart” felt seeing Rockhold get knocked out by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 this past weekend (Sat. July 6, 2019).

The former middleweight champion took on Blachowicz in his debut at 205 pounds. Heading into the bout, Rockhold seemed very confident he would dominate his way to a championship bout against Jon Jones. However, Rockhold was stunned early in round one, and his Polish adversary was able to finish him off in the second round in devastating fashion.

Smith was recently interviewed by Submission Radio to get his thoughts on Rockhold’s loss. Despite Rockhold suffering a loss, furthering himself from Smith in the rankings and lessening any chance of them fighting next, “Lionheart” admits he’d still like to “slap the sh*t” out of the Californian:

“Yeah, Luke Rockhold still remains someone that I would love to slap the shit out of. He’s just not a good dude. We know some mutual people and I’ve heard nothing but awful things about him, and I’ve heard nothing but awful things about me come out of his mouth. So, that’s not how I was raised, that’s not how we do it here in the Midwest, in the small town of Nebraska.

“You talk shit, you get hit, and that’s how it goes. But I’m also an adult, so I understand that that’s not exactly how things go all the time. But I would have loved to have been the one to do that to him. On the flipside, it’s kind of a ‘serves you right bitch’ moment. Talk all that shit. You couldn’t beg your way into a fight with me right now. You know, coming off a win, even then the UFC didn’t like it.

“I was already waiting for that fight, and as soon as Rockhold got that win, we were gonna go into those negotiations and figure out where and when, and the UFC didn’t even like it. They didn’t like the fact that I was gonna fight a guy that wasn’t even ranked and may or may not be coming off a win over B?achowicz in his first fight. UFC didn’t even like that shit.

“My family didn’t like it, my manager didn’t like it. I just wanted it. Sometimes you just gotta do something you really want to do, not that you have to do. And sometimes it doesn’t always have to make sense. So, it would have been nice to fight him, but at the same time, I know he’s sitting at home feeling really god damn stupid. At least as far as when it comes to him and I, I know he feels really stupid and he regrets saying all that shit.”

It remains to be seen what’s next for Rockhold. UFC President Dana White suggests the former 185-pound champ should consider retirement. As for Smith, he comes off a submission victory over Alexander Gustafsson, and is likely one more big win away from a title shot.

What do you think about the beef between Smith and Rockhold?

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Anthony Smith Believes Luke Rockhold Deserved KO Loss

Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold have had a feud going on for quite some time. As the former middleweight champion announced he would be moving up to light heavyweight he had some choice words for “Lionheart”. He believed Smith was not a legitimate threat at light heavyweight and his wins were easy. But, when Rockhold […]

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Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold have had a feud going on for quite some time. As the former middleweight champion announced he would be moving up to light heavyweight he had some choice words for “Lionheart”.

He believed Smith was not a legitimate threat at light heavyweight and his wins were easy. But, when Rockhold made the move to light heavyweight at UFC 239, he was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz.

For Anthony Smith, he wishes he could have been the guy to knockout Luke Rockhold like that. But, he is happy it happened to him anyways as he says he deserved it.

“I would have loved to have been the guy that put Rockhold out like that. But I think it serves him right,” Smith told SiriusXM Fight Nation (H/T to MMA Fighting). “All the trash talk, all the ‘Anthony Smith is a bum. Gustafsson’s gonna roll over him and I’m gonna starch Jan,’ and just the disrespect and just looking right over Jan. 

“So it’s unfortunate that his jaw is broken. I don’t want anybody to get hurt but it is nice to, again, see Rockhold get it shoved right in his face. Every single time he’s trashed talked somebody and been too cocky and thought he was too good for everybody and that his sh*t doesn’t stink, he ends up being the one that looks stupid. So I’m glad that the MMA gods made sure that that kept happening. Again, it’s unfortunate. I don’t want anyone to get hurt but I think that all the embarrassment and the finger-pointing and the laughing that’s happening to him right now, I think he absolutely deserves it.”

It seemed likely the two would eventually fight had Rockhold won at UFC 239. Now, it seems unlikely to happen which Smith is mad about. Regardless, “Lionheart” is still a top contender at 205-pounds, while the same can not be said at Rockhold.

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Anthony Smith Believes Luke Rockhold Deserved KO Loss at UFC 239

Anthony Smith was keeping a close eye on Luke Rockhold’s latest fight inside of the Octagon as the two fighters have history.  Rockhold has made it known in the past that he thinks Smith has real anger towards him over him making the move from mid…

Anthony Smith was keeping a close eye on Luke Rockhold’s latest fight inside of the Octagon as the two fighters have history.  Rockhold has made it known in the past that he thinks Smith has real anger towards him over him making the move from middleweight to light heavyweight. When a fight between them couldn’t […]

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Blachowicz: Michael Bisping Helped Me Knock Out Luke Rockhold

Luke Rockhold just can’t seem to quite move past his knockout lost to Michael Bisping three years ago. The night was June 4, 2016. Michael Bisping had stepped in to challenge Luke Rockhold for the middleweight championship on short notice, and in doing…

Luke Rockhold just can’t seem to quite move past his knockout lost to Michael Bisping three years ago. The night was June 4, 2016. Michael Bisping had stepped in to challenge Luke Rockhold for the middleweight championship on short notice, and in doing so walked into the fight as a +525 underdog. Bisping shocked the […]

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