Luke Rockhold is both scared and excited to make his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship debut next month.
The former Strikeforce and UFC middleweight will jump from the Octagon to the squared circle on April 29 when BKFC heads to the 1stBank Center in Colorado. A little over a month away from his promotional debut, Rockhold spoke with TMZ Sports to share his excitement over the opportunity to knuckle up for the very first time.
“It’s different, it’s intriguing, and it’s scary,” Rockhold admitted. “F*cking crazy sh*t. I’m a crazy man. I’ve encountered so many injuries in my legs so that was really the hardest part and doing everything else too, as you get older, standing up and throwing hands sounds a lot more fun. I’m growing, I’m getting better and I wanted to get in boxing and change the game a little bit. I’ve done it all in the UFC so it’s like, what’s next? You need new challenges in life. Life needs to change. If you stay on the same train of thought and path, you get bored. This is exciting.”
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Luke Rockhold Aims to Rearrange Mike Perry’s Face at BKFC 41
Rockhold will main event of next month’s highly anticipated BKFC 41 card. Toeing the line with him will be former UFC standout and fan favorite ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry.
“He’s a little dog,” Rockhold said of his opponent. “He’s got some swag. He’s got a little something, but I’ve got confidence in myself. I don’t think he understands the size difference. I’m a lot bigger than this motherf*cker. I know he’s got experience and he’s going to come after me. He thinks he has it, but naw. I’m gonna catch the kid coming in and I’m gonna put him out. I really see my angles, I see my attack and I’m just gonna do the best I can.”
Debuting for the promotion in early 2022, Perry earned a unanimous decision victory over Julian ‘Leg Me Bang Bro’ Lane at the second-annual KnuckleMania event. He followed that up with perhaps the biggest win of his combat sports career, besting Bellator MMA star Michael ‘Venom’ Page via a majority decision in a crossover contest at BKFC 27.
“I like Mike. I think he’s exciting. I think it’s a promotable fight. It’s exciting for me to come into a new challenge. There’s a lot to it and I think I can put him out. Pay me the money, give me that fight, give me the stage, I’m gonna f*cking dance.”
Asked if he’s concerned about potential damage to his face given his fairly successful career as a model, Rockhold said it was Perry who should be worried about keeping his looks intact.
“Mike Perry should be worried about his face. I’m putting it right on his f*cking nose. I wanna make that nose a little more crooked. Mike, come on. I cannot f*cking wait for that kid to come after me. I’m gonna pop that motherf*cker.”