At UFC 278, Luke Rockhold returned after a three-year layoff to face No. 6 ranked middleweight contender Paulo Costa. It was as entertaining as it was bizarre. When it was all said and done, Costa scored a unanimous decision victory while Rockhold headed off into retirement.
Making an appearance on Submission Radio on YouTube, the former middleweight world champion discussed the heavily rumored middleweight clash between undefeated Chechnyan Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa. Rockhold did not hold back in his thoughts on Khamzat Chimaev following the fighter’s antics during fight week ahead of UFC 279 that included missing weight by 7.5 pounds for his scheduled main event against Nate Diaz.
“I’m just not impressed with Khamzat, how he carried himself and missing weight by that much tells us so much about a person, you know? It’s like the pressure is getting to you and know you got a guy on the ground you can’t completely control like Nate Diaz, that’s gonna pose a little bit of a threat. You can wrestle him, but there’s worrisome. There’s a lot on the line. There’s a lot of pressure and he kind of b*tched out from what I saw, straight up. Now he wants to jump up to middleweight.”
Luke Rockhold smeared his blood all over Paulo Costa’s face… 😳 pic.twitter.com/9lmAENQACE
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Luke Rockhold’s brutal honesty continued as the Strikeforce and UFC veteran shared his thoughts on his last opponent, Paulo Costa, and ‘The Eraser’s’ chances of besting ‘Borz’ in a potential showdown.
“Paulo’s not that good. Paulo’s not that good at wrestling, I was just tired. He’s got a good initial burst, but there wasn’t much there with good energy. Chimaev seems like he’s a decent-level guy in the game of wrestling and grappling so, yeah. I don’t know. If he can get a takedown and rides that b*tch, I got Chimaev. On the feet, I think he might be in some trouble.
“It’s a good fight, but I’d favor Paulo on the feet and I’d favor Chimaev on the ground.”