‘I Haven’t Done Myself Justice’- Luke Rockhold Says He Wants to End Career on His Terms

Published 09/14/2021, 10:16 AM 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 set to finally return to the UFC Octagon later this year as he fights rising contender of the 185 lbs division Sean Strickland at UFC 268. The AKA trainee has lost his last 2 fights in the UFC against the likes of Jan Blachowicz and Yoel Romero, both by knockout.

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Once considered as one of the best fighters in the UFC, Rockhold hasn’t been the same since losing his title to Michael Bisping at UFC 199. But he is back and is looking to make a point. Rockhold believes he didn’t fight to his full potential in his last 2 fights and is determined to show his true ability.

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I think, a lot of reasons. You know, ending it on my own terms. I think it was a big deal for me. I think like I haven’t done myself justice last couple of fights, I don’t think I fought to my potential. I think I fought with a lot of weight on my shoulders and didn’t really perform to my liking,” said Rockhold.

Getting older and if there’s ever a time, it’s gonna be now. And I still feel like I’m the best in the game that I’m on. And I just kind of put the work in, get healthy, and get right,” he added.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 11: Luke Rockhold prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Yoel Romero of Cuba in their interim middleweight title bout during the UFC 221 event at Perth Arena on February 11, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Obviously, there was shoulder injury, there were a few different things I had to work through too in the process,” the former champion said further.

Can Luke Rockhold get back at the top?

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Rockhold is one of the most skillful fighters in the UFC. He has a very good striking game and his grappling is something fans and experts hold in high regard. However, his chin and the ability to absorb shots have betrayed him in recent times.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 12: American former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold during a UFC 221 workout session on December 12, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

He will have his hands full against a rising contender like himself who will be determined to make a name for himself at the expense of the former champion. But, if Rockhold stays true to his game plan and fights by his skills, he is still a tough outing for anybody in the 185 lbs roster.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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