Former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has been hospitalized. He was found unconscious at his Santa Cruz house after watching Will Smith slap Chris Rock across the face at the Academy Awards on March 27.
UFC President Dana White sent his well wishes on Instagram after discovering Rockhold’s condition following the Oscars live telecast.
“Prayers and best wishes to Luke,” White wrote. “I talked to the doctors at the hospital. Apparently Luke’s chin is so sensitive that any external stimulus, like a change in the wind or watching a man getting slapped on television, is enough to knock him out. I’ve been informed he’s now in a medically induced coma.”
“He’s had his jaw broken twice, he’s been knocked out viciously a few times here, he had to have chin implants, skin grafts from his ass, all kinds of stuff.”
“At this point, Luke’s chin is more sensitive than an insect’s antenna.”
The UFC are currently monitoring the health and safety of Cody Garbrandt.