Winning the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight title was just the beginning for Luke Rockhold.
Better yet, before defeating Chris Weidman at UFC 194 last December to capture the crown, Luke's first step in reaching his goals started in 2011, when he won his first world mixed martial arts (MMA) title under the Strikeforce banner with a win over Ronaldo Souza.
That victory went a long way in helping him become the first and only man to hold the Strikeforce and UFC 185-pound titles; one achievement of many he hopes to achieve, as he recently told MMA Fighting he looks to break as many records in the sport as possible.
After all, why do something if you're just going to be average at best?
"Everything I've done in my life has always been competitive. I've always pushed myself. I've always wanted to take that leap of faith. I never wanted to live in my comfort zone. I always wanted to break every record I can. I've never been more passionate and more focused since I found this sport, or whatever you want to call it. It's as real as it gets. I love it. I don't understand anybody in any part of life if their goal is to be average. What's the point of living? If you're passionate about something, do it to be good. Do it to be great,. Do it to be special. Do it to be something more. You want to leave your mark. Nobody wants to be forgotten. I don't understand any other way of living my life. I want to break every record and realize my potential and I don't think I'm there. I'm entering my athletic prime. I have five or six years. I have so much technically and athletically I can get better in."
Rockhold (31), has a ways to go if he wants to start breaking important records, such as most title wins, which Georges St-Pierre currently owns at 12. Or consecutive title defenses, which Anderson Silva owns with 10 straight.
Though Demetrious Johnson is closing in quickly with eight.
While those are just a couple of examples of the many of records meant to be broken in the sport, Luke will look to notch his first title defense at UFC 199 when he faces Michael Bisping at UFC 199 on June 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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