Leading up to last night’s headlining tilt between middleweights Luke Rockhold-Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 8 there had been a ton of talk about testosterone replacement therapy’s influence on the effort’s outcome. During the build, Rockhold labeled “The Phenom” as a cheat with many fans echoing his sentiments in relation to Belfort’s use of TRT despite being popped in the past for PEDs. And, with Belfort going on to win the scrap in spectacular fashion thanks to a perfectly placed spinning heel kick in the fight’s first frame, the opportunity was certainly there after the clash for Rockhold to continue his quest against the controversial practice.
However, the 28-year-old Californian took the opposite route.
“TRT had nothing to do with that kick,” admitted Rockhold to MMAJunkie.
“I mean it’s hard to say what went wrong. I was feeling good. I was finding my timing. I felt like I was controlling things, and then he landed a spinning heel-kick to my head,” he continued. “I felt good. I saw his punches. I saw everything. I was landing some shots. I felt like I was starting to control things, and then I got caught. It happens.”
“I had a great camp. I felt good in the fight. I was focused. I don’t know if I got overconfident or what exactly happened. I don’t know. I thought I had it,” he concluded, expressing interest in getting back to work in the gym as soon as possible to help numb the sting of defeat.
The loss snapped a nine-fight winning streak for Rockhold and dropped his overall record to 10-2. Comparably, it was Belfort’s fourth straight triumph at 185 pounds with all of the victories featuring some form of finish.