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Luke Rockhold’s Bold Proposal for a Karate Combat Grand Prix!

Rockhold’s recent ring adventures

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold has passed from the octagon to the square circle, and now to the Karate fight arena. Following his departure from the UFC following a defeat at the hands of Paulo Costa at UFC 278, Rockhold faced the BKFC star Mike Perry at BKFC 41. The first round was closely contested, but Perry earned a TKO victory in the second round.

Continuing his journey in the martial arts, Rockhold recently competed at Karate Combat 45 in Abu Dhabi, where he earned his first win since 2017 by defeating former Bellator fighter Joe Schilling via TKO.

A star-studded tournament idea

On a recent episode of the JAXXON podcast, Rockhold revealed his grand idea for Karate Combat: a one-night Grand Prix with former UFC champions – himself, Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping and Lyoto Machida. “Me, Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping and Lyoto Machida, all in one tournament, like a lottery. One champion, in Karate Combat,” Rockhold suggested. This concept could reignite fan interest, with legendary fighters clashing in a new format.

Michael Bisping, who retired from professional MMA after a loss to Kelvin Gastelum in November 2017, has already expressed his willingness to face Rockhold in Karate Combat. This could set the stage for an exciting encounter between former opponents in a new combat environment.


Rockhold’s take on karate fighting

Rockhold’s proposal reflects his vision to boost Karate Combat with high-profile names that could attract new audiences to the sport. His recent victory over Schilling, combined with his high ambitions, positions him as a potential key figure in realizing these great events.

Luke Rockhold on the JAXXON podcast: “Me, Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping and Lyoto Machida, all in one tournament, like a lottery. One karate fighting champion.”

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