Luke Rockhold was not surprised.
The former UFC middleweight champion has been at odds with Jake Paul ever since the YouTuber turned boxer criticized his performance against Paulo Costa last August at UFC 278, so much so that Rockhold openly challenged Paul and his brother Logan Paul to a fight after his exit from the UFC. Speaking to MMA Fighting in January, Rockhold criticized Paul’s level of dissent as well as his performance against Anderson Silva, and expressed doubt as to whether Paul’s interest in MMA was anything more than an attention-grabbing ploy.
So it doesn’t take much to guess Rockhold’s reaction to seeing Paul lose a split decision to Tommy Fury over the weekend to halt his undefeated boxing career.
“It was just as I thought it was,” Rockhold said of Paul on Wednesday’s edition of MMA watch. “He just waits on his right arm and doesn’t think his way through fights. And that’s the thing, he doesn’t have enough dogs in him and he doesn’t think his way through fights. He’s trying, I’ll give him that. He’s trying a ****.”
“But he couldn’t beat Tommy Fury — Tommy Fury is like, er, meh.”
Rockhold, 38, appeared on MMA watch To announce the news of his career as MMA’s newest free agent he signs with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship – a move he made alongside fellow former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez. Rockhold is set to make his BKFC debut against Mike Perry on April 29 in the main event of BKFC 41, while Alvarez fights Chad Mendes in the co-main title match of the same card, which will air for $49.99 per view.
Even still, Rockhold couldn’t help but relish the final turn of Jake Paul’s story, especially after Fury shredded before the fight as an opponent who was “as much a boxer as I am a cricketer.”
“Tommy Fury showed more than I’ve seen in his last couple outings, so at least he stepped up,” Rockhold said. “But who knows what that really looks like against a real person.”
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