Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, 37, is back in Octagon after undergoing several surgeries and even avoiding the idea of retirement. The California, US, native is scheduled to fight November 6 against Shawn Strikand at UFC 268.
True to his style, the American fighter spoke it all without slurring words and criticized the UFC and its president, Dana White.
“The UFC creates temporary belts that are worthless. These are the kinds of things we have to deal with. I don’t want to deal with this all the time. I’ll always say what I think and feel. Like it or not, damn you”The fighter started.
And follow up: “Men like Francis Ngannou are in the ‘fridge’ asking for wages according to what they are worthy.”
It’s the popular narrative created by Dana White and the UFC: criticizing fighters and criticizing champions. It was designed to make fans want to hate wrestlers, and he’s a clown. You have to go respect yourself and get paid. The world of combat is like this. We are the fighters, we are the entertainment and we deserve to be paid for what we deserve.”, the former UFC middleweight champion continued on a note with MMA Junkie Radio.
On how he felt shortly after his return, Rockhold explained: I really need this break. I took the opportunity to diversify my activities and have a little freedom to clear my mind.”
“I’ve been fighting for a long time, and it was nice to be able to do what I wanted, when I wanted and how I wanted”, handle.
Rockhold isn’t ruling out any possibilities, whether he’s withdrawing from the UFC or looking for new directions in events like the Bellator or the PFL. “I think today there are more roads, with different events, a lot of money in circulation and the support of everyone. I will never close my doors at work. Money is good wherever it comes,” he concluded.
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