It was one of the best knockout cards in recent memory at UFC 239 as two major champions in John Jones and Amanda Nunes retained their titles against legitimate contenders, while fighters on the climb KOed their way up the ladder on July 6 in Las Vegas. One veteran fighter the organization’s daddy, Dana White, would like to see give up the fight altogether, however, is casualty Luke Rockhold, who found himself unconscious on the mat after fighting sloppily against heavy hitter Jan Blachowicz.
White announced at the fight night’s summary press conference that Rockhold had broken his jaw during the match, his second such injury and a cause for concern about the damage he’s taken in the ring over the years.
“I think Luke Rockhold should talk about hanging it up,” White told reporters. “He broke his jaw tonight. 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.”
Rockhold’s major losses came in the aftermath of winning the middleweight title, including being blasted by Michael Bisping in his title defense and last year’s loss to Cuban war machine Yoel Romero.
“He’s got another career that he’s actually doing well at,” White said. “Everybody’s a f***ing model, ‘I’m a model, I’m a model’ — that guy’s actually really modeling for Ralph Lauren.” Which is true:
“He’s had a good [fight] career. He’s been a great fighter,” concluded White. “I’d like to see him hang it up.”
The full post-fight comments are here: