‘He’s inspired me’ — Luke Rockhold praises ‘gangster’ Israel Adesanya for UFC 287 win

Luke Rockhold was left inspired by Israel Adesanya's return to the top at UFC 287.

By: Milan Ordoñez | 2 months ago
‘He’s inspired me’ — Luke Rockhold praises ‘gangster’ Israel Adesanya for UFC 287 win
Luke Rockhold is 'inspired' by Israel Adesanya's comeback story | Imago|Zuma

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold admits he’s been inspired by current title holder Israel Adesanya. Rockhold was particularly impressed by ‘The Last Stylebender’ during his performance at UFC 287 against Alex Pereira. Adesanya finished his longtime rival via second-round knockout to reclaim the undisputed 185-pound title. 

Luke Rockhold lauds Adesanya for silencing haters

After Adesanya’s loss to Pereira at UFC 281, many believed that ‘Poatan’ was simply a bad matchup for the Nigerian-born New Zealander. Adesanya’s harshest critics may have even counted him out in his title rematch and fourth overall meeting with Pereira two weekends ago.

But the City Kickboxing talent’s emphatic and spectacular victory was most noteworthy for Luke Rockhold. 

“I think that’s for anybody who’s got a f-cking big pair of balls on them,” Rockhold told Submission Radio. “Look what Izzy did. Everyone counting him out, everyone doing that, and he stepped forward and did his thing. 

“Anybody who’s a f–ng real motherf–r who’s gonna step forward and want to prove people wrong and use that as a driving force. Other people just sit back behind their channels and talk shit and make excuses and chitter chatter and hate on people, and I’m just f–ng sick of it.”

“And I love spitting in those motherf–rs’ faces. Hock big loogies in all your haters’ faces.”

For Luke Rockhold, Adesanya’ win was an inspiration for him. In much the same way that he believes he’s been an inspiration to a younger Izzy. 

“Izzy ‘s been, you know, I’m sure I inspired Izzy as he was younger, and he’s inspired me. You drive inspiration through everybody. He was a f-cking gangster. He was super gangster.”

Rockhold plans to silence his haters in his BKFC debut

The 38-year-old is about to embark on the next chapter of his prizefighting career when he headlines BFKC 41 against  fellow UFC vet Mike Perry. And likewise, he plans to silence all his critics. 

“I’m getting better and I got hands, and, like I said, people think I can’t box and a lot of people think I don’t have a chin. Guess what? I went out there and I showed that against Paul Costa. I’m gonna show a little bit more this time. I’m gonna show a little more every f–ng time I get out there and just keep silencing motherf–rs.

“Mike’s a tough kid. I’m gonna hit him. I’m gonna put him down. He’s gonna hit the floor. Let’s see how many times he can get back up and get in my face.”

BKFC 41 goes down on April 29 in Broomfield, Colorado. Co-headlining the event is another bout between UFC veterans Chad Mendes and Eddie Alvarez. 

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Milan Ordoñez
Milan Ordoñez

Milan Ordoñez has been covering combat sports since 2012 and has been part of the Bloody Elbow staff since 2016. He’s also competed in amateur mixed martial arts and submission grappling tournaments.

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