Luke Rockhold simply retired after his loss to Paulo Costa final August, however the former UFC middleweight champion already spoke about the possibility of returning if Alex Pereira wins the belt.
His longterm teammate and buddy Daniel Cormier has since responded, significantly urging the 37-year-old to remain retired and to stay away from preventing.
“I need to communicate on to my buddy, Luke Rockhold,” Cormier mentioned on his YouTube channel. “Luke, don’t come again. It’s solely been a couple of weeks and it was completely good. It was good, it couldn’t be higher. As a result of Luke Rockhold has been the man that has not been cherished, however in that efficiency, he gained the reward of the plenty. Not solely did he acquire the reward of the plenty although, he gained the reward of his opponent within the competitors. I instructed you guys Paulo Costa got here as much as me every week later and instructed me how particular it was to share the Octagon with Luke.
“Luke, don’t come again. It’s wonderful. Go do jiu-jitsu if you wish to. Go to ADCC,” he mentioned.
“You bought to battle the urge. All of us get it, the place we begin going ‘ what, I can nonetheless’ — No man, we are able to’t! …I can’t. Perhaps Luke can with a while away, however I’d recommendation for him to remain away. Don’t return, particularly not now.
“As a substitute of making an attempt to recreate (that glory) and chase it, name me, name Khabib. We’ll speak concerning the glory days of after we have been one of the best, however I don’t know if coming again to preventing proper now’s the proper factor.
“If I’m giving my brother recommendation, don’t come again. What’s the purpose?” Cormier mentioned. “Champ, keep residence, take pleasure in retirement. I’m telling you, you’ll get used to it.”
For what it’s value, Costa, who likes to troll folks on-line as of late, now claims he by no means spoke about Rockhold in the best way Cormier simply described.
Rockhold has had a formidable profession in each Strikeforce and UFC, the place he gained each middleweight titles and went 14-1 in each promotions from 2008-2015. He’s turning 38 this October although, and solely has one win within the final seven years.
His wild bout with Costa earned him “Struggle of the Evening” honors, however Rockhold admitted that he looked “old” as decided to retire after the loss.