The former Strikeforce middleweight champion did not start his career with the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization the way he would have liked, as on Saturday night (May 18, 2013) in the UFC on FX 8 main event Rockhold was on the receiving end of one of the most incredible knockouts in UFC history (watch highlights here).
Rockhold (10-2), a man who many pegged as one of the next 185-pound title challengers before the fight, suffered his first MMA defeat since June 2007 and following the event stated he is extremely eager to get back in the cage and erase the memory of this fight from the minds of fans.
"I want to get back in there," Rockhold said at the event's post-fight press conference (watch it here). "I want to fight, obviously. Everyone says it, but what can you do at this point? I want to get in there. I want to fight. I want to redeem myself."
Unfortunately for Rockhold, the fact he suffered a fairly brutal knockout loss means a medical suspension will likely keep him out of action for the next few months -- thwarting any potential plans for a quick turnaround.
From the time he spoke with Jon Anik in the cage after the fight all the way to the press conference, Rockhold seemed truly perplexed by the fact he was caught with a technique such as a spinning heel kick.
It was without question a humbling experience for the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product and while he hasn't had the chance to analyze exactly what led to his defeat, Rockhold just knows he wants to get back in the cage as soon as possible.
"I lost to one of the best guys in the world, and it was something pretty spectacular," Rockhold said. "I don't know what to really think about anything right now. I just want to get back and fight and beat someone up. That's what I'm focused on. Good job by Vitor."
A date or potential opponent for Rockhold's return to the Octagon has not been targeted at this time.
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