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Middleweight Division

Retired

Luke Rockhold

Middleweight Division

16-6-0 (W-L-D)

6

Wins by Knockout

8

Wins by Submission

10

First Round Finishes

Luke Rockhold

athlete record

Event Results

Info

Learn more about Luke Rockhold's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Retired
Place of Birth
Santa Cruz, United States
Trains at
AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) San Jose
Fighting style
MMA
Age
37
Height
75.00
Weight
185.50
Octagon Debut
Jan. 08, 2012
Reach
77.00
Leg reach
45.00
  • Pro since 2007
     
  • Eight wins by submission (1 guillotine, 1 inverted triangle kimura, 5 RNC, 1 armbar), six by KO
     
  • Ten first round finishes
     
  • Has gone the five round championship distance twice

UFC 278 (8/20/22) Rockhold lost a three round unanimous decision to Paulo Costa 

UFC 239 (7/6/19) Rockhold was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz at 1:39 of the second round

UFC 221 (2/10/18) Rockhold was knocked out by Yoel Romero at 1:48 of the third round in a fight for the interim UFC middleweight title

UFC Fight Night (9/16/17) Rockhold defeated David Branch via submission due to strikes at 4:05 of the second round

UFC 199 (6/4/16) Rockhold was knocked out by Michael Bisping at 3:36 of the first round, losing his UFC middleweight title in the process

UFC 194 (12/12/15) Rockhold stopped Chris Weidman via strikes at 3:12 of the fourth round to win the UFC middleweight championship

UFC on FOX (4/18/15) Rockhold submitted Lyoto Machida via rear naked choke at 2:31 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (11/8/14) Rockhold submitted Michael Bisping via guillotine choke at :57 of the second round

UFC 172 (4/26/14) Rockhold submitted Tim Boetsch via inverted triangle kimura at 2:08 of the first round.

UFC Fight Night (1/15/14) Rockhold stopped Costas Philippou via strikes at 2:31 of the first round

UFC on FX (5/18/13) Rockhold was knocked out by Vitor Belfort at 2:32 of the first round

 

STRIKEFORCE HISTORY:

Rockhold vs. Kennedy (7/14/12) Rockhold defended his title with a five round unanimous decision over Tim Kennedy

Rockhold vs. Jardine (1/7/12) Rockhold defended his title with a first round TKO via strikes win over Keith Jardine.

Barnett vs. Kharitonov (9/10/11) Rockhold won a five round unanimous decision over Ronaldo Souza to win the Strikeforce middleweight championship.

Challengers 6 (2/26/10) Rockhold stopped Paul Bradley via strikes at 2:24 of the first round

Challengers 4 (11/6/09) Rockhold submitted Jesse Taylor via rear naked choke at 3:42 of the first round.

Challengers 2 (6/19/09) Rockhold submitted Cory Devela via rear naked choke at :30 of the first round.

Shamrock vs. Diaz (4/11/09) Rockhold submitted Buck Meredith via rear naked choke at 4:07 of the first round.

Destruction (11/21/08) Rockhold submitted Nik Theotikos via rear naked choke at 3:06 of the first round.

Young Guns (2/1/08) Rockhold defeated Josh Neal via submission due to strikes at 1:49 of the first round.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA when I was 22 because I liked to fight and needed a job. I also had been training different disciplines for most of my life, from judo to wrestling to jiu-jitsu, so I knew I could compete at a high level.

What ranks and titles have you held? Former UFC middleweight champion, Strikeforce middleweight champion, California high school wrestling state qualifier. Blue belt and purple belt world champion in jiu-jitsu. Black belt (Jiu-Jitsu), Red belt (Le-jitsu).

Do you have any heroes? No specific heroes, just a lot of people I look up to and try to learn from.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means a lot. It’s been my job and my life for years.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, no degrees though; I dropped out to fight and pursue my dreams.

What was your job before you started fighting? Construction / solar panel installation.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I never sat on the stool.

Favorite grappling technique: wrestling / jiu-jitsu

Favorite Striking technique: kickboxing