Luke Rockhold is a professional mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight category and signed to the United Fighting Championship (UFC) MMA promotion. He is a two-time world champion – having won the UFC Middleweight Championship and the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship. A man of diverse talents, Rockhold is equally a successful fashion model having featured in the New York Fashion Week in 2016.
Luke Rockhold’s Bio
Luke Skylar Rockhold was born on October 17, 1984, in the Bay Area city of Santa Cruz, California. Born into a family of highly talented athletes, his father Steve Rockhold played basketball at a professional level in Europe during his prime. His mother Diana was also an avid tennis player and his older brother Matt is a successful pro surfer. Rockhold began training in judo as early as age 6 but he eventually quit the sport when he turned 10. As a seventh grader, he joined the wrestling team of his school Soquel High School and equally started training in jiu-jitsu.
Rockhold initially tried a college career in wrestling, however, he opted out of it and settled for a full-time career in mixed martial arts, which he was more passionate about. In 2006, he was invited to train at the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, California and there, he stood out for his exceptional talent and kickboxing abilities. He went on to win a couple of BJJ tournaments before turning professional.
Luke Rockhold marked his professional debut in July 2007 under the Melee on the Mountain MMA promotion and he defeated his opponent Mike Martinez in the first round via armbar submission. However, he lost to Tony Rubalcava in his second fight in November 2007. He joined the Strikeforce MMA company in early 2008 and had a highly successful run with the company, recording 6 consecutive wins in his first 6 bouts.
Rockhold faced Ronaldo Souza for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship on September 10, 2011. He won the bout via unanimous decision to become the new Strikeforce Middleweight champion and successfully defended his title twice in 2012. He was the last man to hold the title before Strikeforce was incorporated into the UFC in January 2013.
Luke Rockhold was defeated by Vitor Belfort in his UFC debut held in May 2013. Afterwards, he recorded 4 consecutive wins by defeating Costas Philippou (January 2014), Tim Boetsch (April 2014), Michael Bisping (November 2014) and Lyoto Machida (April 2015). The climax of Rockhold’s UFC career came on December 12, 2015, when he defeated Chris Weidman to clinch the UFC Middleweight Championship at the UFC 194 event. He won the fight via TKO in the fourth round, bringing an end to Weidman’s unbeaten run in the UFC. Both fighters were honoured with the Fight of the Night award.
Rockhold’s reign as UFC Middleweight Champion was brought to an end on June 4, 2016, at the UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2 event where he was defeated by Michael Bisping. The fight was Rockhold’s first title defence and has been dubbed one of the biggest upsets in the history of the UFC Championships. He has made unsuccessful attempts at reclaiming the title as he has been plagued severally by injuries. In September 2017, the MMA star defeated David Branch at the UFC Fight Night 116 event after a nearly 15-month hiatus from the sport. He lost to Yoel Romero at UFC 221held in September 2018 and is billed to face Chris Weidman at UFC 230 in November 2018.
Wife, Girlfriend, Is He Gay?
Luke Rockhold does not have a wife yet, however, it is unclear if he is single at the moment. The mixed martial arts star has had his fair share of relationships in the course of his career. His most notable romantic involvement was with music star Demi Lovato. The duo started dating in the summer of 2016 but chose to keep their romance on the lowkey for the first few months. They eventually confirmed that they were an item in November 2016, however, they broke up before the year came to an end.
Rockhold’s relationship history is pretty explicit and it would be safe to assume that the MMA star is straight. He has also never made any declarations that may suggest that he is gay throughout the course of his career.
Luke Rockhold’s Net Worth
Rockhold’s successful career as a professional mixed martial artist currently spans over a decade. He also has a thriving modelling career having joined New York-based modelling agency Soul Artist Management. In March 2018, the multitalented star was signed up as the face of Ralph Lauren’s “Polo Blue” cologne and fragrance. With these and several other ventures, Rockhold has amassed a net worth of $2 million.
Height And Other Body Measurements
Luke Rockhold stands at an imposing height of 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm). He keeps his well-chiselled physique at a body weight of 84 kg (185 lb). The former Middleweight Champion has an arm reach of 77 inches and a leg reach of 45 inches. His chest circumference measures 43.5 inches (111 cm) and he has a waist size of 32 inches (81 cm).