Luke Rockhold

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Luke Rockhold
Luke-Rockhold UFC.jpg
Born (1984-10-17) October 17, 1984 (age 30)
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 77.0 in (196 cm)[1]
Fighting out of San Jose, California, U.S.
Team American Kickboxing Academy
Farley's Kickboxing Academy
American Kickboxing Academy Thailand
Marcelo Gracie NYC
Power MMA And Fitness
Evolve MMA
Dan Henderson Fitness Center
Glendale Fighting Club
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 13
By knockout 3
By submission 8
By decision 2
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Luke Rockhold
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Submission grappling
IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold 2007 Long Beach -91.5 kg (Purple; No-Gi)
Gold 2007 Long Beach -94.30 kg (Blue)

Luke Skyler Rockhold[2] (born October 17, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. He is a former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. As of May 26, 2014, he is #5 in official UFC middleweight rankings[3] and ranked the #6 middleweight in the world by Sherdog.[4]

Early life[edit]

Rockhold comes from an athletic family. Growing up in Santa Cruz, Luke and his brother, pro surfer Matt Rockhold, surfed their local breaks together. His father, Steve Rockhold, was a professional basketball player in Europe. Rockhold is of partial Irish [5] and Native American [6] descent.

Luke started training in judo at 6-years-old but quit upon turning ten.[7] When he entered the seventh grade, he joined his school's wrestling team and stuck with the sport all through high school while taking jiu-jitsu classes.[8]

Rockhold tried wrestling for a local community college but felt the sport wasn't for him, instead he took jiu-jitsu on full-time.[8] After winning a few BJJ tournaments, he decided to look into mixed martial arts. A few of Rockhold's friends convinced him to come down and train with the American Kickboxing Academy and he did.[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In July 2007, Rockhold made his professional debut against Mike Martinez for the Melee on the Mountain promotion. Rockhold dominated the fight and won with an armbar submission, midway in the first round. He had his second fight for the promotion in November 2007. It was not as successful as the first as Rockhold was defeated by Tony Rubalcava via technical knockout.


Up and coming promotion, Strikeforce called and offered Rockhold a fight on their Strikeforce: Young Guns II card. Rockhold looked impressive in his debut, forcing his opponent to submit from punches. Strikeforce, impressed with his performance, decided to give him another fight. The second fight took place on the Strikeforce: Destruction card, where Rockhold won via submission. At Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz, Rockhold won his third consecutive fight.

Rockhold was given a step up in competition when he fought Cory Devela at Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg. Even though he was the underdog, Rockhold won the fight in only 30 seconds with his third rear naked choke submission in a row.

At Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista, Rockhold defeated The Ultimate Fighter 7 contestant, Jesse Taylor. The fight improved his record to 5–0 under the Strikeforce banner.

In February 2010, Rockhold defeated another Ultimate Fighter 7 finalist, Paul Bradley, and won via TKO from knees to the body. The fight took place at Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi in San Jose, California. With the win, Rockhold hopes to fight against tougher and more well known fighters.[9] Besides the win, Rockhold was announced for the EA Sports MMA video game.[10]

Rockhold was scheduled to fight Matt Lindland at Strikeforce: San Jose but pulled out a few weeks before the fight due to a shoulder injury.[11]

Rockhold was expected to face former title contender, Tim Kennedy, at Strikeforce 32 on March 5, 2011.[12] However, for unknown reasons, Rockhold was removed from the bout.

After more than a year and a half hiatus from fighting due to injuries, Rockhold stepped into the cage to fight Strikeforce Middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza on September 10, 2011.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision to become the new Strikeforce Middleweight champion.[14]

For his first title defense, Rockhold faced Keith Jardine for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine on January 7, 2012.[15] Rockhold won the fight via TKO due to punches in the first round.

In his second title defense, Rockhold faced Tim Kennedy in the main event of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy on July 14, 2012. During the weigh-ins for the bout on July 13, Rockhold came in a half-pound overweight. Rockhold cut the extra weight in the allotted two-hour limit. He successfully defended his title for a second time, winning the fight via unanimous decision.

For his third title defense, Rockhold was expected to face challenger Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir on November 3, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[16] However, Rockhold was forced to withdraw from the show due to injury and the event was later cancelled.[17] The fight was rumored to have been rescheduled to take place on January 12, 2013.[18] However, Rockhold never agreed upon the bout citing a lingering shoulder injury.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In January 2013, the Strikeforce organization was closed by its parent company Zuffa. A list of fighters scheduled to be brought over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship was released in mid-January and Rockhold was one of the fighters listed.[19]

Rockhold faced perennial multi-divisional contender Vitor Belfort on May 18, 2013 in the main event at UFC on FX 8.[20] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round, after being caught with a spinning heel kick to the face.

Rockhold was expected to face Tim Boetsch on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[21] However, Rockhold was forced out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by C.B. Dollaway.[22]

Rockhold faced Constantinos Philippou on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35.[23] He won via KO due to liver kicks in the first round,[24] also earning a $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus.[25]

Rockhold eventually faced Tim Boetsch on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172.[26] He won the fight via kimura lock in the first round. After the fight he called out Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort for a rematch.[27]

Rockhold faced Michael Bisping on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55.[28] He won the fight in the second round after dropping Bisping with a head kick and then applying a guillotine choke submission. The win also earned Rockhold his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[29]

Rockhold is expected to face Lyoto Machida on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15.[30]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Submission grappling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Lyoto Machida UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold April 18, 2015 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–2 Michael Bisping Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 8, 2014 2 0:57 Sydney, Australia Performance of the Night.
Win 12–2 Tim Boetsch Submission (inverted triangle kimura) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 1 2:08 Baltimore, Maryland, United States Submission of the Year (2014).
Win 11–2 Costas Philippou TKO (body kick) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou January 15, 2014 1 2:31 Duluth, Georgia, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 10–2 Vitor Belfort KO (spinning heel kick and punches) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold May 18, 2013 1 2:32 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Win 10–1 Tim Kennedy Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy July 14, 2012 5 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States Defended the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
Win 9–1 Keith Jardine KO (punches) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine January 7, 2012 1 4:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
Win 8–1 Ronaldo Souza Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov September 10, 2011 5 5:00 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Won the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–1 Paul Bradley TKO (knee to the body) Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi February 26, 2010 1 2:24 San Jose, California, United States
Win 6–1 Jesse Taylor Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista November 6, 2009 1 3:42 Fresno, California, United States
Win 5–1 Cory Devela Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg June 19, 2009 1 0:30 Kent, Washington, United States
Win 4–1 Buck Meredith Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz April 11, 2009 1 4:07 San Jose, California, United States
Win 3–1 Nik Theotikos Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Destruction November 21, 2008 1 3:06 San Jose, California, United States
Win 2–1 Josh Neal Submission (punches) Strikeforce: Young Guns II February 1, 2008 1 1:49 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 1–1 Tony Rubalcava TKO (punches) MotM: Melee on the Mountain November 6, 2007 1 2:46 Friant, California, United States
Win 1–0 Mike Martinez Submission (armbar) MotM: Melee on the Mountain July 24, 2007 1 2:44 Friant, California, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 172 Jones vs. Teixeira". Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SHOW RESULTS - HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO, LAS VEGAS". Nevada Athletic Commission. January 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ "Sherdog's Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". January 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Rockhold, Luke (2014-10-25). "Luke Rockhold's verified Twitter account". Retrieved 2014-10-25. 
  6. ^ Rockhold, Luke (2014-10-25). "Luke Rockhold's verified Instagram account". Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Strikeforce’s Luke Rockhold in Sacramento Examiner". Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  8. ^ a b c "Strikeforce Challengers Tonight: Luke Rockhold On The Past, Future and Working With Herschel". Retrieved 2010-02-26. [dead link]
  9. ^ Michael David Smith. "Luke Rockhold Shows Why He's One of Strikeforce's Top Prospects". 
  10. ^ "Strikeforce middleweight prospect Luke Rockhold latest addition to "EA Sports MMA" roster". 
  11. ^ Mike Chiappetta. "Lindland-Rockhold Match Scratched Due to Injury; Woodley-Galvao Added". 
  12. ^ Strikeforce official for March 5 in Ohio, four main-card bouts set |
  13. ^ Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Defends Strikeforce Title Against Luke Rockhold on Sept 10 |
  14. ^ Michael David Smith (September 11, 2011). "Luke Rockhold Upsets Jacare for Strikeforce Middleweight Title". 
  15. ^ "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine". 2011-12-08. 
  16. ^ "Luke Rockhold Expected to Face Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce on Nov 3". MMA Weekly. September 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ Stupp, Dann (2012-10-12). "Strikeforce cancels Nov. 3 event in Oklahoma City, plans January return". 
  18. ^ "Luke Rockhold-Lorenz Larkin middleweight title fight targeted for Jan. 12 Strikeforce event". MMA Junkie. November 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ "UFC Reveals List of Strikeforce Fighters Making Jump to Octagon". January 16, 2013. 
  20. ^ "'UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold' set for May 18 in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil". 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  21. ^ Staff (2013-07-24). "Tim Boetsch vs. Luke Rockhold slated for UFC 166 in Houston". Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  22. ^ Staff (2013-09-18). "Luke Rockhold out, C.B. Dollaway meets Tim Boetsch at UFC 166". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  23. ^ Staff (2013-11-17). "UFC Fight Night 35 in Georgia adds Luke Rockhold-Constantinos Philippou as main event". Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  24. ^
  25. ^ "UFC Fight Night 35 Bonuses: Rockhold, Miller, Romero, Brunson Earn $50K Awards", by Mike Whitman,
  26. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-02-04). "Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch set for UFC 172 in Baltimore". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  27. ^ Ross, Cole (26 April 2014). "Luke Rockhold Taps Out Tim Boetsch With A Kimura At UFC 172". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  28. ^ Staff (2014-09-05). "Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold set for Nov. 8 in Australia". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  29. ^ Staff (2014-11-08). "UFC Fight Night 55 bonuses: Rockhold, Smolka, Whittaker, Hester win $50,000". Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  30. ^ Ariel Helwani (2015-01-08). "Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold targeted for UFC on FOX 15". Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
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