It’s a sad state of affairs when a fighter even has to address such silliness, but following speculation that he took a dive at this past weekend’s UFC on FX 8 event, Luke Rockhold felt the need.
The thought process goes like this: Just before Vitor Belfort (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC) caught him with a stunning spinning kick in the first round of their May 18 main event, Rockhold (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) “nodded” in his opponent’s direction.
That, according to a small contingent of MMA fans, is proof the fix was in and that Rockhold agreed to take a dive – in the most violent fashion imaginable.
“Hearing some talk about my fight with Belfort being a fix,” Rockhold tweeted. “No amount of money would make me even consider taking a fall. I got caught I lost.”
The former Strikeforce champion met Belfort at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Midway through the night’s FX-televised main event, Belfort landed the crushing kick. But the “nod” is barely a nod at all and instead looks like typical head movement. Watch the Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold video for yourself and check it out.
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