UFC fighter and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has a rich Jiu-Jitsu competition history. He won the 2007 IBJJF worlds at blue belt and at purple belt adult the following year. He was awarded his black belt last year through Leandro Vieira from Checkmat.
He talked about his Jiu-Jistu experience with MMA fighting and how he would like to face no other than Keenan Cornelius at Metamoris:
“The rules. There’s just too many rules in jiu-jitsu these days. I believe I got screwed.
“I got DQ’d once, but I got a takedown, they didn’t give me my takedown, so I had to kind of rush for points. This guy was stalling and so I gave up a sweep to try to get a submission and I fell behind. Then I had to force a submission. I went down to Brazil in 2006 for the worlds and that was a really bad situation. Imagine how gringo’d you get out there. It’s bad enough here in the States, too. I competed a long time in jiu-jitsu and I’m past those matches.”
“You know the thing I’d be open to? It’d be like a no gi super match or something like that. Maybe like a Metamoris, as long as there’s some money on the line.
“I got an idea for Metamoris. I believe I’m one of the best American jiu-jitsu guys out there. Keenan Cornelius has proved to be one of the best, too. Let’s have a square off and see who has the best American jiu-jitsu. No gi. Metamoris. Keenan.”
“I don’t train in the gi anymore, I’m pretty good in the gi, but we gotta even the tables out. The kid trains jiu-jitsu everyday.”
2010 World’s Best Grappler: Rustam Chsiev vs Luke Rockhold at Grapplers Quest: