A former UFC champion could be out for quite a while with a broken jaw -- and UFC president Dana White is urging him to think about retirement.
Luke Rockhold suffered a broken jaw in a second-round knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 on Saturday night, according to a document released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Monday. The document states that Rockhold is currently medically suspended six months -- until Jan. 3, 2020 -- unless cleared by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, due to a "left mandible fracture."
Even without clearance from a physician, Rockhold has a minimum medical suspension of 60 days, with no contact in the gym until Aug. 21.
In the UFC 239 postfight press conference, White said he believes Rockhold should consider retirement given his recent history inside the Octagon and his modeling career with Ralph Lauren outside of it. Rockhold has been knocked out in three of his last four bouts.
"I think Luke Rockhold should talk about hanging it up," White said. "He broke his jaw tonight. So that's his second broken jaw, he's been knocked out viciously a few times here. Shin is all banged up. He had to have [a] skin graft, all kinds of stuff. He's had a good career; he's 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."
Rockhold (16-5) held the UFC middleweight title in 2015 and 2016. The California native moved up to light heavyweight for the fight against Blachowicz after hard weight cuts to middleweight had caught up with him. Rockhold, 34, is also a former Strikeforce middleweight champion and owns wins over Lyoto Machida, Chris Weidman, Michael Bisping and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.