Don’t expect to see former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold back in the Octagon any time soon as he recently suffered a leg injury that’s going to keep him out for some time to come.
Rockhold sustained the injury in training and required multiple stitches as a result, and it’s expected to now keep him on the sidelines until at least October at the earliest.
Prior to his injury Rockhold had been floating the possibility of moving up to light-heavyweight, following a tough KO loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 221 back in February.
That led to speculation about a potential fight with Alexander Gustafsson, who had told Rockhold, “beware of coming up to light-heavyweight because I will be standing at the door waiting.”
Gustafsson had also accused the 33-year-old Rockhold of being “chinny,” while Rockhold had assured him that he was “coming for that ass,” as the hype around a potential fight between them continued to build.
The hope had been that the showdown could happen in the summer, but that’s now been put on the backburner and it’s possible the UFC will now look to other options for Gustafsson instead given the length of time that Rockhold is likely to be on the treatment table for.