Max Rohskopf, who is a promising up and coming lightweight fighter, was officially released from the UFC after his uninspired performance against Austin Hubbard on June 20.
Rohskopf was called up for the fight on just five days’ notice, and his short preparation time showed during the bout.
Rohskopf came out with a strong offensive game plan, striking with force in the early onset of the matchup. His fast start diminished as the match went on, and he looked visibly faded as the fight progressed, taking blow after blow from Hubbard in the process.
The fight didn’t even go two rounds before Rohskopf told his corner to “Call it.”
Rohskopf’s head trainer Robert Drysdale, who is a grappling legend himself, tried to persuade him to finish out the fight but Rohskopf did not back down, taking the second-round loss by way of TKO.
Drysdale would later face some backlash for attempting to coerce Rohskopf to keep fighting, but Rohskopf took total responsibility for their interaction, citing his self-doubt and history of insecurity in the ring.
“I’ve done this my whole life. I’ve self-boycotted myself,” Rohskopf said to MMA Fighting.
“Even when I was wrestling in high school, I was the best in the state and ended up getting third because I self-boycotted myself. I was one of the best guys in the country in college and was never an All-American when it counted because I was telling myself that, for whatever reason, I don’t deserve it.
Rohskopf attributes his history to the turnout of the fight.
“That’s exactly what I did in my fight with Austin. Sh*t got hard, and I looked at my coach and said, ‘I don’t want to be here anymore,’” he said. “Not because I didn’t want to be there, but because I didn’t think I deserved to be there.”
Dana White defended his decision to put Rohskopf in the bout during a post-fight press conference, saying “you gave it a shot and it didn’t work out.”
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Written by: Halston Greenlay