Image source: Luke Rockhold's Instagram (@lukerockhold)
We may have seen Luke Rockhold’s last MMA bout.
Rockhold’s last outing didn’t go his way as he was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz in his step up to the light heavyweight division. Rockhold discussed his current position in the sport with MMA Fighting and, although didn’t declare he was officially retired, suggested that we may not see him compete in MMA again.
“My head is content where I’m at right now. I’ve done a lot of things in the sport. I’m not trying to be a headline maker. I’m not trying to say I’m going to retire and then want to come back. I don’t like to close doors on things in life.
Right now, I’m just happy not fighting. It feels good to focus on other things.”
Rockhold won’t be finished with martial arts completely and will still hone his craft and potentially compete in grappling tournaments. Rockhold is currently scheduled to face ADCC runner-up Nick Rodriguez at Polaris 12.
“Fighting takes a lot. I’ve done it, I’ve been to the top of the game. I just don’t have the same passion, the hunger for it at this point. I’m excited to go in other realms of life. I know I have a lot of fans out there. I’m sorry I’m not fighting but you never know. Maybe someday I will but I don’t foresee it at this point.
A couple grappling matches to keep myself entertained in the process, I think the people who tune in will have some fun watching. I’m going to bring it to this kid, and if I do another one, I’m sure it’s going to be fun and entertaining.”
It’s clear that Rockhold has other business endeavours outside of mixed martials arts and appears to be enjoying his time working on those. Rockhold also mentioned that he is financially in a position to be able to choose his next career path.
“I’m well off. I can choose what I want to do. I’ve got a couple companies I’m working with, and I’ve got checks flowing from so many different ways. I’m not like the rest of these guys where I have to pursue and beat the thing into the ground with fighting or jiu-jitsu or anything. There’s other areas of life and I can put some energy and focus on those things.
Obviously you can’t fight forever. I can make more money outside the cage so if I can do that, why not? Not have to deal with the political bullshit that comes with fighting and the UFC, all that stuff we know about. I like it. It makes me happy.”
Finally, Rockhold elaborated on the fact that he is currently happy without fighting, he is happy with his accomplishments in the sport but he isn’t willing to say never to another bout just yet.
“I’m happy not fighting. I’m happy being back on the west coast. I’m doing what I’m doing and not worrying with that burden of fighting over my head and pursuing that.
I’ve been doing it for nearly 14 years. I’ve conquered two different companies. I’ve been the best in the world undisputedly. I sleep well with that. Not a lot guys can do that.
I don’t live my life on nevers. I’m never one to quit something entirely. I don’t want to put a roadblock anywhere in life. I always leave doors open. That’s how I live my life. I’ve fared well for myself thus far. I’m going to keep that mentality and keep that lifestyle.
I’m doing what I want to do and creating different outlets. I love it.”
Ultimately, if this is the last we have seen of Luke Rockhold, he has reached the pinnacle of the sport in two different organisations. We have also had some exciting rivalries from Rockhold most notably with Michael Bisping and Chris Weidman.