‘He is Beatable’- Luke Rockhold Makes a Bold Statement About Jan Blachowicz

Published 05/21/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 18: Luke Rockhold celebrates defeating Lyoto Machida of Brazil by tap out in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is finding it difficult to get opponents for his next fight. The American last fought a fight in 2019 against the current light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.

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He recently appeared for an interview with The Schmo, where he talked about a lot of things. When asked about his opinion on Blachowicz’s legendary Polish power, the American said, “Well, he’s got a good punch, let’s say that. I think he’s beatable, but he has got some pop.”

Rockhold had moved to light heavyweight from middleweight in December 2018. His first fight in the division took place against Blachowicz at UFC 239.

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In Round 1, Rockhold quite clearly was adamant in taking the fight to the ground, knowing Blachowicz’s striking prowess.

Blachowicz, on the other hand, displayed another side to his fighting style with his never seen before grappling skills to catch Rockhold off-guard. Blachowicz caught Rockhold with a neat punch to claim the upper hand at the closure of the first round.

In the second round, Rockhold didn’t adjust to the shortcomings of the first round and continued to focus on grappling. The Pole then caught him with a meaty left hook, sending him to the canvas.

The Pole then went on and faced Dominick Reyes for the vacant lightweight title after Jon Jones dropped it for a move to the heavyweight division. He defeated Reyes at UFC 253 to capture the gold.

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Luke Rockhold frustrated with not finding any opponents for return

Rockhold (16-5) is certainly finding it difficult to fetch an opponent. Recently, he appeared for an interview with Helen Yee, where he bewailed on not getting opponents.

“There’s a lot of guys but none of them want to sign the contract. Everyone wants to run around,” he said.

“There are guys that make sense. Uriah Hall was an option – he didn’t want that. Kevin Holland was an option – doesn’t seem like that was an option.”

He further said that he is fit and fine to work with now. He had to address a lot of issues on his body, which is why he was off for so long. But now, he wants a fight, and that too soon.

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For all the talks, Rockhold is the name that transcends UFC borders. He is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion apart from holding the middleweight gold in UFC. A fighter of his caliber will certainly look for one last title run before closing the curtains.

Who will Rockhold fight next?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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