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‘Weirdest fight I’ve ever seen‘: Fighters react to Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold’s war, Rockhold retirement

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Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold went to war for three rounds, and Costa swept the scorecards after three rounds. But Rockhold’s gutsy performance, which may have been his last, won over the crowd.

Battered and exhausted from the end of the first round, Rockhold stayed in the octagon when his body clearly wanted otherwise, absorbing Costa’s best shots and firing back, most notably with a pair of expletives as Costa closed in for the kill in the third round.

Defiant even in the closing seconds, Rockhold gave the last of what he had – blood, and lots of it – in top position as he rubbed his plasma all over Costa’s face.

Afterward, Rockhold, a former middleweight champion, admitted his time had come after decades in the sport.

“I’m f****** old,” he said.

Here’s what fighters had to say about the UFC 278 co-main.

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