Luke Rockhold buzzed the MMA world last weekend, by taking out Lyoto Machida in dominant fashion, and the middleweight says he did so despite having a “hellish camp.”
The AKA fighter certainly looked to be in top form at UFC on FOX 15, as Rockhold battered Machida on the ground throughout the fight, and finished the deal with a second round, rear-naked-choke.
But, while speaking to FOX Sports recently, the 30 year-old contender relayed the following:
“It sucked. My body finally came around at the last second. I couldn’t use my left hand for a lot of camp. I sprained a knuckle and then changed the way I punched because of it. Because of the way I punched, then, I hurt my hand. I also sprained my big toe on my right foot. So, I didn’t have my left hand or my right foot, fully. I was so limited in so many ways, this camp. I cut my head multiple times, and then I got bronchitis. It was a hellish training camp.”
Huh. Guess that makes the victory even that more impressive. Now sure, Machida may have had some issues heading into the fight as well, but no can deny that Rockhold has firmly established himself as a top 185. In fact, many believed he did so back during his reign as Strikeforce champ, when he decisioned “Jacare” Souza.
Consider this-aside from Rockhold’s loss to Vitor Belfort, the only other time he’s been defeated was in 2007. That was Rockhold’s second pro bout.
Now it will be interesting to see what goes down between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort on May 23rd, and who the UFC taps to fight the winner.