We won’t forget Max Rohskopf’s (5-1) debut in the UFC so quickly, thanks to the incredible situation we witnessed in the break between the second and third rounds.
The talented Rohskopf entered the match with Austin Hubbard (12-4) undefeated, but after the first two rounds he suffered a lot of heavy blows and in the break before the last one he decided to give up and surrender the match. But that’s where his coach Robert Drysdale enters the scene.
“Say it’s over. I can’t take it anymore,” Max told his coach clearly, but he didn’t experience it.
“You have this,” Drysdale would reply.
“I don’t want to,” the fighter replies.
Max and Robert exchanged a few sentences in those moments, and they were both pretty persistent.
“No, we can win. You’re the champion. You’re the fucking champion …. Go on and beat him,” the coach tried, but the persistent and beaten 25-year-old didn’t change his mind.
Rohskopf remained sitting in his corner after an argument with the coach, and then a referee reached out to him and asked him if he wanted to continue. Max said ‘no’ and that was the end of the fight.
This situation was later commented on by Dana White.
According to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto, the UFC president said: “Look at Curtis Blaydes. I’m pretty sure he thought he was going to die after the third round, and he went on,” was a brief White comment that then extended to the press conference where he nevertheless stood in defense of the young Rohskopf:
“If you’re done in this sport, then you’re done. You absolutely should be able to give up. It’s easy to be a critic, but when you get here, then you face a new level. If this guy felt he had to give up, who are we to condemn him for that? He had the balls to show up here and accept the match at the last minute. “
Let’s also mention that Rohskopf jumped into this match just ten days before the UFC on ESPN 11 event, which took place in Las Vegas on the night from Saturday to Sunday.