Midnight Mania! Video: Rockhold Wrestles ‘Strong As F—k’ NBA Legend Tim Duncan

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Midnight Mania! Video: Rockhold Wrestles ‘Strong As F—k’ NBA Legend Tim Duncan

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight kingpin Luke Rockhold expressed an interest in branching out after walking away from UFC, but I don’t know if this is exactly what he envisioned! While backstage at last weekend’s (Sat. March 25, 2023) UFC San Antonio event, Rockhold ran into NBA legend Tim Duncan, and the two engaged in some light-hearted clinch wrestling.

Here’s the thing about Duncan: the man is massive. Standing an inch shy of seven feet tall, the 15-time NBA All-Star and longtime San Antonio Spur has been attending UFC fights for some time and has reportedly trained in martial arts since his 2016 retirement.

In Rockhold’s own words, “He feels strong as f—k. Aren’t you supposed to be retired?”

Rockhold was at UFC San Antonio in support of Marlon Vera, who’s a fellow trainee of boxing coach Jason Parillo. Yes, that’s the same Parillo who coached Michael Bisping to dethrone Rockhold via left hook knockout, and it’s also the very same Parillo who sneaks in a slap at the end of the featured clip!

Rockhold is surely working with Parillo more than ever in anticipation of his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) debut. He’ll square off against Mike Perry on April 29 at BKFC 41 in an intriguing match up, seeing as Perry will be the far smaller man but is more accomplished as a pugilist.


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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.