Luke Rockhold recently suffered a defeat in his bare-knuckle boxing debut. He had his teeth smashed in by ex-UFC competitor Mike Perry at BKFC 41 last month, causing him to call it quits in round two.
At the peak of his career, Rockhold won the UFC’s 185lb title by defeating Chris Weidman in December 2015. But he lost it in a massive upset to Michael Bisping six months later.
He has since struggled with his form. Rockhold lost by knockout to Yoel Romero and Jan Blachowicz in consecutive matches before considering retiring during a three-year break from MMA that started in 2019.
Last August, Rockhold made a comeback to the Octagon against Paulo Costa and competed well. However, he eventually lost by a majority decision at UFC 278. After the match, he declared his retirement and then stated his desire to compete in money-spinning matches for the remainder of his career. Rockhold was then released from the UFC.
Recently, Rockhold shared a video of a strong female squatting him at a California bar. The MMA star posted the video on Friday along with the caption “Orange County is a gem.” The video shows the much smaller woman lifting the 38-year-old several times while onlookers watch in amazement.
While she remained anonymous at first, the strong bartender posted about her accomplishment on Rockhold’s Instagram comment section. Taylor Lewis commented under the video: “You were light work! Could’ve done 15 though no cap.”
Lewis is a fitness trainer and lives by the mantra “Lift Heavy & Be Happy.” Her profile shows that Rockhold didn’t just run into an average bartender.
Lewis also shared the video on Instagram with the caption: “Look who I squatted today.”
It looks like Rockhold had regret about the posting and ultimately ended up deleting it – sadly once it’s on the internet – it’s there forever.
Despite his setback at BKFC, Luke Rockhold remains determined to continue competing and is now looking for lucrative opportunities outside of bare-knuckle boxing.