After his first-round knockout loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 199, Luke Rockhold admitted that he had fatally underestimated Michael Bisping.
“It was just underestimating and over-committing with a jab,” Rockhold, who suddenly found himself an ex-UFC middleweight champion, told UFC on Fox shortly after the fight(via MMAMania). “It was stupid, I just didn’t feel like he had anything for me and I should’ve just been the guy I should be. Fight the way (I do). I over-committed with a jab and I got caught.”
He didn’t need to admit it, though, that much was apparent.
His behaviour in the lead-up to the fight, which had hastily been thrown together after Chris Weidman had withdrawn through injury, suggested that Rockhold was a man free from all doubt.
One can certainly understand Rockhold’s overconfidence. Seven months he had robbed Weidman of his undefeated status and belt via an impressive fourth-round TKO, and before that he had submitted former UFC light-heavyweight kingpin Lyoto Machida in the second round. In all, he had won five straight heading into the Bisping bout, a stretch that even included a dominant submission win over the Englishman himself.
Understanding the source of his overconfidence also leads one to understand his disbelief in the footage below, captured just after referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy had called a halt to the contest.
And disbelief is the right word. Not just confusion, which is common among fighters who have just been stopped, but utter disbelief.
“No way,” Rockhold said as McCarthy explained to him, while still holding him in against the fence, that he had briefly lost consciousness. “Are you fucking kidding me?” added the Californian, forcing the veteran official to explain things in more detail.
You can watch the clip below…