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Midnight Mania! Dana White slams Luke Rockhold for ‘absolute bulls—t’ complaints, promises UFC fighters receive ‘unbelievable healthcare’

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Luke Rockhold made some waves this week. The former Middleweight champion is looking to return to the title mix at 185 pounds, but he doesn’t feel the same pressure as most of his peers. He’s already held the belt once, and he’s made it clear he’s interested in getting it back or leaving the game entirely.

As such, Rockhold was more than willing to drop a mega rant about all the negative changes to UFC since the company was sold to WME-IMG in 2016. He argued for better pay and bonuses, but Rockhold also mentioned fight health care and the wear-and-tear athletes suffer.

UFC President, Dana White, wasn’t impressed.

Speaking with TSN, White assured the world that, “while they’re fighting here, these guys are very well taken care of, and so is Luke Rockhold.” The ex-champion has been through a lot of serious injuries, including an MCL tear and spinal problems, but White promised UFC covered those bills.

“Luke Rockhold was above and beyond taken care of with the issues that he had here,” White continued (via MMAJunkie). “I don’t give a s—t what health insurance plan you have, they would have never covered the things that we covered for Luke Rockhold when he was going through his stuff. Everything he said was absolute f—king gibberish and absolute bulls—t.”

White has expressed interest previously in providing long term healthcare, but there remains no timeline for such a program. Instead, White emphasized that the current coverage is excellent.

“Everybody who fights here gets unbelievable healthcare,” White said. “Unbelievable healthcare. I mean, we don’t even sew people up with regular doctors. If it’s bad enough, we send them to plastic surgeons to get sewn up.”

Luke Rockhold will scrap with Paulo Costa this Saturday (Aug. 20, 2022) at UFC 278.

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BLOCKBUSTER WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Sept. 10, 2022, with a must-watch updated Welterweight thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, Nate Diaz now battles former top-ranked Lightweight contender, Tony Ferguson, who will return to the 170-pound weight class for this last minute, upgraded assignment. Meanwhile, In UFC 279’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we now get the undefeated No. 3-ranked contender, Khamzat Chimaev, opposite Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland.

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