First off let me say Luke Rockhold is an amazing athlete, he's accomplished what few ever have and I've massively enjoyed watching his journey along the way. By the same token MMA is a great sport that allows athletes such as Demetrious Johnson, Cristiano Santos, and Randy Couture to make a living and get a little publicity.
But it also provides a stepping stone for those ready to move on to the next level, those rare people that captivate us and beg our attention, those people like Luke Rockhold.
Let me drop some knowledge on you. We have seen time and time again larger than life personalities take hold of MMA, grab the attention of mainstream media, then suffer one loss and leave us for good. It started with the female athletes: Gina Carano, Ronda Rousey, PVZ. Three of the most beautiful women in the world. All suffered one defeat and realized another devastating loss and no one would care about them,
so why not step fully into that larger ocean that has been slowly dragging them away. To blockbuster films, to reality tv, to being a general media star. These women aren't just larger than mma, they are larger than life. They provided the path, but lately we have been seeing more male fighters follow. Brendan Schaub is a man of great intellect and humor, a philosopher fighter. He now hosts one of the most successful podcasts in the world with fellow professional comedian Bryan Callen.
Schaub was a man too big for the sport of MMA, who had other talents ready to let loose. Since then we have seen Connor McGregor go from champion, to loser, to retired media darling still ready to tease us rematches with Diaz or a superfight with Mayweather. But his talent does not lie inside the cage, but in selling fights. He can make more money and entertain us more talking trash, and soon he will be a Kardashian style general media celebratory. What does he do now? Entertain.
Rockhold may be the first male fighter to follow in this path not just as a media darling, but as a beautiful person that doesn’t need to go rough it up with the like of Bispings and Belforts. Just go on talk shows, talk a little trash, tell some jokes, show that great smile, and cash the checks.
Do you really think Rockhold is going to return to MMA and jeopardize his future? How well did that work out for fellow general media celebrity Jason Miller. Rockhold, like Schaub is a wise man, like McGregor is an intelligent man, and like Rousey or PVZ will never step foot in the octagon again. Because he has outgrown us. His biggest loss? I dare say we just witnessed his largest triumph, and I for one cannot wait to see what comes next.