Stats & Records
Wins by Knockout
Wins by Submission
First Round Finishes
- Sig. Strikes Landed
- Sig. Strikes Attempted
- Takedowns Landed
- Takedowns Attempted
- Sig. Str. Defense is the percentage of significant strikes attempted against a fighter that do not land.
- Takedown defense is the percentage of takedowns attempted against a fighter that do not land.
- Knockdown Avg. is the average number of knockdowns per 15 Minutes window.
Sig. Str. By Position
Sig. Str. by target
Win by Method
Costa vs RockholdRound3Time5:00MethodDecision - Unanimous
Błachowicz vs RockholdRound2Time1:39MethodKO/TKO
Romero vs RockholdRound3Time01:47MethodKO/TKO
- Pro since 2007
- Eight wins by submission (1 guillotine, 1 inverted triangle kimura, 5 RNC, 1 armbar), six by KO
- Ten first round finishes
- Has gone the five round championship distance twice
UFC 278 (8/20/22) Rockhold lost a three round unanimous decision to Paulo Costa
UFC 239 (7/6/19) Rockhold was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz at 1:39 of the second round
UFC 221 (2/10/18) Rockhold was knocked out by Yoel Romero at 1:48 of the third round in a fight for the interim UFC middleweight title
UFC Fight Night (9/16/17) Rockhold defeated David Branch via submission due to strikes at 4:05 of the second round
UFC 199 (6/4/16) Rockhold was knocked out by Michael Bisping at 3:36 of the first round, losing his UFC middleweight title in the process
UFC 194 (12/12/15) Rockhold stopped Chris Weidman via strikes at 3:12 of the fourth round to win the UFC middleweight championship
UFC on FOX (4/18/15) Rockhold submitted Lyoto Machida via rear naked choke at 2:31 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (11/8/14) Rockhold submitted Michael Bisping via guillotine choke at :57 of the second round
UFC 172 (4/26/14) Rockhold submitted Tim Boetsch via inverted triangle kimura at 2:08 of the first round.
UFC Fight Night (1/15/14) Rockhold stopped Costas Philippou via strikes at 2:31 of the first round
UFC on FX (5/18/13) Rockhold was knocked out by Vitor Belfort at 2:32 of the first round
Rockhold vs. Kennedy (7/14/12) Rockhold defended his title with a five round unanimous decision over Tim Kennedy
Rockhold vs. Jardine (1/7/12) Rockhold defended his title with a first round TKO via strikes win over Keith Jardine.
Barnett vs. Kharitonov (9/10/11) Rockhold won a five round unanimous decision over Ronaldo Souza to win the Strikeforce middleweight championship.
Challengers 6 (2/26/10) Rockhold stopped Paul Bradley via strikes at 2:24 of the first round
Challengers 4 (11/6/09) Rockhold submitted Jesse Taylor via rear naked choke at 3:42 of the first round.
Challengers 2 (6/19/09) Rockhold submitted Cory Devela via rear naked choke at :30 of the first round.
Shamrock vs. Diaz (4/11/09) Rockhold submitted Buck Meredith via rear naked choke at 4:07 of the first round.
Destruction (11/21/08) Rockhold submitted Nik Theotikos via rear naked choke at 3:06 of the first round.
Young Guns (2/1/08) Rockhold defeated Josh Neal via submission due to strikes at 1:49 of the first round.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA when I was 22 because I liked to fight and needed a job. I also had been training different disciplines for most of my life, from judo to wrestling to jiu-jitsu, so I knew I could compete at a high level.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former UFC middleweight champion, Strikeforce middleweight champion, California high school wrestling state qualifier. Blue belt and purple belt world champion in jiu-jitsu. Black belt (Jiu-Jitsu), Red belt (Le-jitsu).
Do you have any heroes? No specific heroes, just a lot of people I look up to and try to learn from.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means a lot. It’s been my job and my life for years.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, no degrees though; I dropped out to fight and pursue my dreams.
What was your job before you started fighting? Construction / solar panel installation.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I never sat on the stool.
Favorite grappling technique: wrestling / jiu-jitsu
Favorite Striking technique: kickboxing