Losses in any realm of life are tough to get over.
But in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), fighters find comfort in knowing that a chance at avenging a defeat in a rematch can ease the pain of losing the first encounter.
That's the only way Luke Rockhold says he'll get over his first-round knockout (KO) loss to Vitor Belfort back at UFC on FX 8 (video here).
Appearing on "The MMA Hour," Rockhold talked about his loss to "The Phenom" -- one that snapped his nine-fight winning streak in his Octagon debut -- and how he plans on getting over it.
"It's safe to say I'm somewhat over it, but, I don't think I'll be completely over it until I get my rematch and return the favor. It's the first time I've lost since my second fight back in 2007. This is the UFC and I wanted to get started off on the right foot. Losses don't sit well with me."
In the meantime, Belfort has bigger fish to fry as he is set to challenge the current UFC 185-pound king Chris Wiedman later this year. And as Luke looks into his crystal ball, he sees Vitor's impressive run coming to an end at the hands of the "All American."
"I think Chris beats him and of course I'm interested in the fight. I think he'll get the take down and I think he'll control him. Chris is a smart guy and he sticks to the gameplan and he's a tough wrestler. If he gets that early take down, it's a different world for Vitor. People haven't really gotten to that point. I strayed from the gameplan and I obviously got caught with some crazy stuff. I think Chris will stick to it and he will be the one to break him. And in Vegas wouldn't hurt either, a little more strict conditions."
Of course, that last comment has much to do with "The Phenom's" ongoing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) saga.
Before Rockhold can work his way up to a rematch against Belfort, he has his hands full in his UFC sophomore effort when he takes on Costa Philippou in the main event of UFC Fight Night 35 on Jan. 15, 2014 in Duluth, Georgia.
And the former Strikeforce middleweight champ plans on getting the "W" with the aid of his own brand of jiu-jitsu dubbed "legit-su."