Middleweight Luke Rockhold didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about Vitor Belfort leading up to their bout at UFC on FX 8. Though respectful of Belfort’s contribution to Mixed Martial Arts over a sixteen-year career, Rockhold felt as though “The Phenom” lacked the mental make-up to still succeed at a high level and attributed much of the Brazilian’s recent success to testosterone replacement therapy.
After getting knocked out in the opening round of last night’s main event it appears Rockhold has a different take on the 36-year old. Rockhold spoke to MMAJunkie after the bout, explaining that he lost fair and square to the better man.
“I felt good. I saw his punches. I saw everything. I was landing some shots. I felt like I was starting to control things, and then I got caught. It happens.”
“TRT had nothing to do with that kick.”
“I lost to one of the best guys in the world, and it was something pretty spectacular. I don’t know what to really think about anything right now. I just want to get back and fight and beat someone up. That’s what I’m focused on. Good job by Vitor. What can I say?”
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