Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold caught flack from those on social media over a video he posted with a tiger.

Rockhold, a top contender in the UFC's middleweight division, issued an apology along with the video on Instagram.

"Here's the video. For those of (you) who think it was disrespectful I'm sorry," he wrote. "Was so minor just joking around.

"I was way too scared and would never do anything harmful to any animal."

Rockhold took part in media events while the UFC was overseas, joining the promotion for stops in China. He also toured Thailand, where he snapped the below picture that led to the apology.

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