It doesn’t get much worse than your boss telling you to retire, does it?
UFC 239 saw plenty of explosive action with three of the five main card fights ending in knockouts.
While Amanda Nunes and Jon Jones added to their CVs with title fight wins and, arguably, further cemented their case in the GOAT conversations, it wasn’t a great night for everyone.
Luke Rockhold was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz in his debut at light-heavyweight and Holly Holm was put down in the first round of her clash with Nunes.
Two former champions were humbled in Las Vegas on Saturday and Dana White thinks both of Rockhold and Holm should consider retirement.
“I think Luke Rockhold should talk about hanging it up,” White admitted. “He broke his jaw tonight. So that’s a second broken jaw, he has been knocked out viciously a few times here, shin is all banged up – he had to have skin graph and all kinds of stuff. He has had a good career, he has been a great fighter, I’d like to see him hang it up.
“And he’s got another career that he’s actually doing well at. Everybody’s a f*cking model, right? ‘I’m a model, I’m a model.’ That guy’s actually really modeling for Ralph Lauren. So, good for him.”
While he was certain in his assessment of Rockhold, the UFC president was less committal on Holm. However, he did concede it’s ‘something she should talk about’.
“Listen, I don’t want to start going retirement crazy in here,” White said. “You know, she has had an amazing career. She is one of the sweetest human beings you can ever meet. And if you follow her on Instagram, she trains like a beast. She’s almost 40-years-old and she’s in ridiculous shape.
“The things that this woman can do physically with like the rings – gymnastics and all that stuff is phenomenal. She’s an incredible athlete, she’s an incredible human being, um, I don’t know. I think that she needs to take a look at, you know, what’s next for her and what she thinks – and I’m just saying that because I care about her. I care about her as a person. She’s amazing, so, I don’t know. Something we should probably talk about.“
Holm is actually 37 and Rockhold is 34, but, as White mentioned, a successful model for Ralph Lauren.