Luke Rockhold: I turned down my black belt in jiu-jitsu


In the weeks leading up to the UFC on FX 8 fans and media a like have argued over who would win, who has the advantage in the fight, etc. Vitor Belfort believes the advantage on the ground is his, being a braziian jiu-jitsu black belt of the most respected lineage, but Luke Rockhold believes he is more than capable to competing with Belfort on the ground:

“For me, fighting, I believe it’s more mental than it is physical and I know I’ve worked so hard to be here and put myself in this position. I haven’t supplemented, I haven’t taken anything in anyway and I know I’ve put in more work, I know I have a bigger heart, I know have the will that will push me through this fight. I believe people that need that extra push, the TRT, I think they’re lacking something and I believe that will show in this fight. That will be a big factor and I believe in myself, my heart, my will and my hard work …

I’ve been in jiu-jitsu and grappling my whole life. I’m very aware of my body and how I move, and I’ve competed on a world level in jiu-jitsu and I’ve won. I may only be a brown belt, but I have two world championships at blue belt, one at purple belt and I actually turned down my black belt because I wanted to compete at brown belt and win a world championship and try to earn it a different way. Black belts are black belts, I’m very capable of beating anybody. I bring “legitsu” to the table.”

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