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“Shocking” Former Champ Luke Rockhold announces retirement from the UFC following a loss to Paulo Costa

Luke Rockhold didn’t lay his gloves on the canvas after his UFC 278 loss, but he has notified the UFC of his retirement from the sport.

After his defeat at UFC 278, Luke Rockhold did not throw in the towel, but he did inform the organization of his retirement. 

After the algorithm-based Twitter account UFC Roster Watch posted on Tuesday about Rockhold’s removal from the roster, MMA Fighting later confirmed with a UFC representative that Rockhold had received a notification.

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Luke Rockhold

Rockhold, 37, didn’t make the customary fighter retirement gesture following his decision loss to Paulo Costa. He did, however, acknowledge that his time had come to an end, sobbing uncontrollably as he told UFC commentator Joe Rogan, “I f****** can’t do it anymore. I gave it my all and I just didn’t. … I’m f****** old.” 

After a brave performance in which Rockhold repeatedly looked like he might pass out at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, he delivered an emotional speech. Rockhold eventually fired back and scored a major victory. After a protracted absence and an emotional appearance during fight week in which he criticized the UFC’s corporate policies and sparred with Costa in the press conference, Rockhold made his first appearance in three years. 

Despite dismissing Rockhold’s complaints, UFC President Dana White praised the former champion’s performance in the octagon.

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After UFC 278

After the fight, Rockhold and Costa’s animosity remained unabated after the former immortalized it by rubbing his blood on the latter’s face late in the third round. He shared a picture of the altercation on social media along with the message, “You’re still a b****,” to Costa. He shared a picture on Sunday that appeared to show him sporting compression sleeves. 

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Legacy: Luke Rockhold

Rockhold, a former UFC champion and current Strikeforce middleweight champion, has a 6-5 record inside the octagon and a 10-1 record outside of it. The American Kickboxing Academy graduate gained experience in the now-defunct Strikeforce, where he amassed a nine-fight winning streak before switching to the UFC. 

Among Rockhold’s most memorable victories are his title-winning decision victory over Ronaldo Souza, his second-round submission of Michael Bisping, who would later become champion, and his fourth-round TKO of Chris Weidman, who gave him the UFC title.

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Nischal Bahuguna
Nischal Bahuguna
Nischal is a martial arts practitioner and loves the technical aspect of martial arts. Here at The Sports Lite he technically reviews UFC fights. He is pursuing a career in marketing and enjoys exploring off-road trails, going on weekend hikes, and having new experiences.


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