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Luke Rockhold: “TRT had nothing to do with that kick.”

Luke Rockhold: “TRT had nothing to do with that kick.”

Leading up to last night’s headlining tilt between middleweights Luke Rockhold-Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 8 there had been a ton of talk about testosterone replacement therapy’s influence on the effort’s outcome. During the build, Rockhold labeled “The Phenom” as a cheat with many fans echoing his sentiments in relation to Belfort’s use of TRT despite being popped in the past for PEDs. And, with Belfort going on to win the scrap in spectacular fashion thanks to a perfectly placed spinning heel kick in the fight’s first frame, the opportunity was certainly there after the clash for Rockhold to continue his quest against the controversial practice.

However, the 28-year-old Californian took the opposite route.

“TRT had nothing to do with that kick,” admitted Rockhold to MMAJunkie.

“I mean it’s hard to say what went wrong. I was feeling good. I was finding my timing. I felt like I was controlling things, and then he landed a spinning heel-kick to my head,” he continued. “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.”

“I had a great camp. I felt good in the fight. I was focused. I don’t know if I got overconfident or what exactly happened. I don’t know. I thought I had it,” he concluded, expressing interest in getting back to work in the gym as soon as possible to help numb the sting of defeat.

The loss snapped a nine-fight winning streak for Rockhold and dropped his overall record to 10-2. Comparably, it was Belfort’s fourth straight triumph at 185 pounds with all of the victories featuring some form of finish.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    I no what happened. Your in the ufc now. Remember that when it happens again.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    to be fair, TRT probably did have something to do with it. if he hadn’t been using it for years would his normal condition have allowed him to win all the fights he won which led to him being paired with the last MW Strikeforce champion? who knows?
    that said i dont think any kind of peds or trt can teach technique, maybe just give you the stamina/strength/speed to utilize it in competition.

    still amazing what Vitor is achieving after all this time

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I think Rockhold fell to the kick for a variety of reasons, for one I think he was to focused on the TRT and calling Belfort a cheat in every interview, two it was coming over and fighting in the UFC for the first time, three it was doing that while in Brazil Belfort’s home court, and plus I think Rockhold was fighting very very angry, which isn’t something he usually does, he’s normally calm and collected. All of that together is why I was very certain Belfort would win.


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