As Luke Rockhold sets to make his first defense of the UFC middleweight title, his goal is not just to be champion, but be a record-setting champion in the division where setting records is the most difficult.
As Luke Rockhold sets to make his first defense of his UFC middleweight title at UFC 199 on June 4 in Los Angeles, it’s clear that his title win was not the culmination of goals, but just the beginning.
“Everything I’ve done in my life has always been competitive,” he told MMA Fighting. “I’ve always pushed myself. I’ve always wanted to take that leap of faith. I never wanted to live in my comfort zone. I always wanted to break every record I can. I’ve never been more passionate and more focused since I found this sport, or whatever you want to call it. It’s as real as it gets. I love it. I don’t understand anybody in any part of life if their goal is to be average. What’s the point of living? If you’re passionate about something, do it to be good. Do it to be great,. Do it to be special. Do it to be something more. You want to leave your mark. Nobody wants to be forgotten. I don’t understand any other way of living my life. I want to break every record and realize my potential and I don’t think I’m there. I’m entering my athletic prime. I have five or six years. I have so much technically and athletically I can get better in.”
Rockhold (15-2) faces late replacement Michael Bisping (28-7) in his first defense of a title that was made famous and became the belt that’s history includes most of the key UFC records. That’s due to Anderson Silva, the consensus all-time greatest fighter in the division’s ….View full article
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