Michael Bisping believes the time is now for his longtime rival, Luke Rockhold to hang up the gloves for good.
Rockhold has been recently hinting at retirement saying he is happy not fighting, so the Englishman says he needs to retire and acknowledge his great career he had.
“Listen, he’s right,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me Podcast (via MMA News). “He achieved a lot in the sport. I feel sorry for Luke, even there I was taking the piss. I like Luke, he’s a decent enough guy. He became Strikeforce champion, he became UFC champion. He had some great wins, he had a fantastic career so he’s got a lot to be proud about. And at some point, you do have to move on. You can’t do it forever and certainly, I hate to say it, getting knocked out cold three of your last four it’s definitely time to call it a day.”
Luke Rockhold recently told MMA Fighting that he isn’t sure if he will ever fight again.
“Right now, I’m just happy not fighting. It feels good to focus on other things.”
“Fighting takes a lot. I’ve done it, I’ve been to the top of the game. I just don’t have the same passion, the hunger for it at this point,” Rockhold added. “I’m excited to go in other realms of life. I know I have a lot of fans out there. I’m sorry I’m not fighting but you never know. Maybe someday I will but I don’t foresee it at this point.”
If he does not fight again, Luke Rockhold ends his career with a professional record of 16-5 and is on a two-fight losing streak where he was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz and Yoel Romero. He is the former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion.
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