01 Jan Morning Report: Luke Rockhold postponing retirement, interested in rematch with Chris Weidman
Luke Rockhold’s career has fallen on hard times recently, having won once since winning the UFC middleweight title in 2015. A pair of knockout losses to Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero caused Rockhold to make the move up to light heavyweight with the idea being that the easier weight cut would improve his performance. That proved not to be the case though as he was also knocked out in his light heavyweight debut. That poor run, on top of dealing with a swath of injuries, led Rockhold to reveal was strongly considering retirement and had “no interest” in fighting right now.
But in MMA, retirements rarely last long and in some instances, they never get started at all. And in Rockhold’s case, it seems to belong in the latter category.
Over the weekend, Rockhold told ESPN that he plans to return to fighting. ESPN reported that the former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion is planing to return to the division he won his titles and is hoping to fight again before the end of the year, though he is still currently rehabbing following shoulder surgery. When asked why he was choosing not to retire, Rockhold responded in trademark Rockhold form.
“Because I felt like it.”
This shouldn’t be terribly surprising. Earlier this year, Rockhold admitted that he was “getting an itch” to fight again. Reading between the lines, it seems that Rockhold’s retirement was in part due to being “burnt out” with fighting and injuries. Now with some time off and an improving health status, it appears that Rockhold is ready to resume his career.
And that’s not the only part of Rockhold’s mentality that has changed. When Rockhold began teasing a return, he was asked about a potential rematch with the man he won the UFC title off of, Chris Weidman. At the time, Rockhold was pretty clearly against it, saying “I’m not huge on retracing my footsteps. Sometimes it’s exciting to do that. Rarely it is but I like to pave a new path everywhere I go, for the most part.” However, following Weidman’s win over Omari Akhmedov this past weekend, ESPN is reporting that Rockhold has also come around on that idea and is now interested in a rematch. And though he wasn’t asked about it, it’s hard to imagine Rockhold’s answer would have been any different than his other one: because he felt like it.
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Let go. Roman Bogatov released from UFC following foul-filled debut loss to Leonardo Santos.
Postponed. Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. exhibition match postponed, targeted for Nov. 28.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Khabib with an absolutely savage comment here.
Quick peek into my journey from April to now. I was on that big boy diet, but today I feel ready to go. It was tough but we got back into shape and ready to fight. @crazybobcook and I didn’t know what we were gonna do lol. But we got it. LFG
Is Volkanovski changing his tune about Cejudo?
Come on son, let me tell you a story!! #beinspired @HenryCejudo pic.twitter.com/d66M76nv3z
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) August 11, 2020
@zabeast_mma since you blocked me on insta pussy. pic.twitter.com/ECWpK8Cnel
— Yair Rodriguez (@panteraufc) August 10, 2020
Rewatched my fight. I hate losing & reacted poorly. I’m sorry, Chris, you won. I’ll be back better. pic.twitter.com/2Hq2XgtZ3n
— AJ Agazarm (@TheFloridaBoy) August 10, 2020
Ben Askren beefing with Logan Paul.
$10,000 to any influencer who can beat me in a wrestling match
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) August 10, 2020
I’ll pin you in less than a minute, bad hip and all https://t.co/uuYVxnqJvn
— Funky (@Benaskren) August 11, 2020
chill https://t.co/zSOCF3H8KS pic.twitter.com/tzpPhMz2vW
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) August 11, 2020
Shit happens, you think you can last 1 minute or no? https://t.co/Lvsr0mmmYb
— Funky (@Benaskren) August 11, 2020
Tony being Tony.
“Alright Alright Alright” Durability Test A Success @rdx_sports Gear Fits Great Just In Time For Sparring!!! # RhutRhoRaggy -CSO- # Hashtag Havin’ Fun Again pic.twitter.com/2OYPkNEeUv
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) August 11, 2020
Woodley on the Titan Games difficulty.
Been watching America’s got talent. Need to get on @nbctitangames with @TWooodley and @TheRock , Its like American ninja warrior I can do and I ain’t losing to no school teachers #PlatinumTitian
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 11, 2020
you say that now https://t.co/0U24ydof3Z
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) August 11, 2020
Should I change my nickname to “baldy Ed” for this next fight
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) August 10, 2020
Bryan Barbarena (14-7) vs. Anthony Ivy (8-3); UFC Fight Night, Sep. 12.
Tyron Woodley (19-5-1) vs. Colby Covington (15-2); UFC Fight Night, Sep. 19.
Brandon Morena (17-5-1) vs. Alex Perez (24-5); UFC 255, Nov. 21.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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