Luke Rockhold suffered a broken jaw during his brutal knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 on Saturday night.
That’s according to UFC president Dana White, who not only announced Rockhold’s injury but also added that he would like to see the former middleweight champion call it a career following this latest setback.
Rockhold is now 1-3 in his past four fights with all three losses coming by way of knockout.
“I think Luke Rockhold should talk about hanging it up,” White said at the UFC 239 post-fight press conference. “He broke his jaw tonight. So that’s the second broken jaw. He’s been knocked out viciously a few times here. Shin is all banged up. He had to skin graph and all kinds of stuff.
“He’s had a good career. He’s been a great fighter. I’d like to see him hang it up.”
It’s tough to deny that Rockhold has seen better days considering the roller coaster ride he’s been on over the past few years.
Rockhold suffered a stunning knockout loss to Michael Bisping in his first title defense after winning the middleweight title and then didn’t fight again for over a year.
He won his next fight against David Branch but then got clobbered by Yoel Romero in an interim middleweight title bout last February. Rockhold was then out for more than a year again dealing with a shin injury that put him out of action for an extended period of time.
He returned on Saturday night while moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career but then suffered a similar outcome courtesy of a huge left hand from Blachowicz in the second round in their fight.
White says that might be the signal for Rockhold to hang up his gloves, especially considering his lucrative modeling career outside the Octagon after becoming one of the faces of Ralph Lauren.
“He’s got another career that he’s actually doing well at,” White said about Rockhold. “Everybody’s a f—king model, ‘I’m a model, I’m a model’ — that guy’s actually really modeling for Ralph Lauren. So good for him.”