Luke Rockhold Says No More Bare Knuckle Fighting

Luke Rockhold says no more BKFC

Luke Rockhold bit off more than he could chew by agreeing to fight Mike Perry at BKFC 41.

The former UFC middleweight champion faced a brutal loss at the hands of Perry in his bare-knuckle boxing debut, which he lost by TKO in the second round after breaking his teeth.

Referee Dan Miragliotta called off the fight a little over a minute into the second round after Rockhold disengaged with Perry and signaled that something was wrong with his mouth. It was later revealed that he broke a couple of teeth in addition to his lip being badly cut.

Rockhold took to Instagram to issue his statement over his loss.

“Well, f***. What can I say? You can check bare knuckle off the list,” Luke Rockhold said. “It’s some crazy s***. Those little knuckles got me, square on the front two [teeth]. Maybe a beard, maybe a better mouthpiece. It’s a good fight. It’s a shame it had to end that way. Motherf***er Mike, you tough bastard. Congrats. Thanks to my sponsors. Thank the people. I’m not done. Some gloves would be nice, though.”

Rockhold parted ways with the UFC after a 1-4 skid, with his most recent loss coming at the hands of Paulo Costa at UFC 278.

Perry on the other hand is currently riding a three-fight winning streak in the BKFC, and after his win over Rockhold, he called for a fight against Conor McGregor. The two had a friendly face-off after the Irishman was invited to the ring.

McGregor later took to Instagram to express his interest in a bare-knuckle boxing fight against Perry or someone else. For now, the Dublin native is focused on his upcoming fight against Michael Chandler.