Lauren Zephro is the younger sister of Luke Rockhold. She played an important role in his life and career.
Luke Skyler Rockhold is an American retired mixed martial artist. He is best known for his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Rockhold made his professional MMA debut in 2007 and quickly made a name for himself in the sport.
He began his athletic career as a wrestler in high school and continued to wrestle at the collegiate level.
Rockhold faced Mike Martinez in his professional debut in July 2007 for the Melee on the Mountain promotion.
He is known for his dedication and hard work towards his mixed martial arts career. He has been passionate about fighting since a young age.
The professional MMA fighter has trained with some of the best coaches and fighters in the world, including coaches from the renowned American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, California.
Luke Rockhold Sister: Lauren Zephro
Luke Rockhold has a sister Lauren Zephro who is 42 years old. She has a married woman and has a young daughter.
Zephro graduated from UCSC with an anthropology degree in 1993, and she completed he master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1998.
Her support also had a profound impact on Rockhold’s fighting career. In an interview, the retired MMA fighter credited his sister for inspiring him to pursue his dreams.
She also suggested him to fight with purpose and passion. Besides the support from his family members, Luke’s dedication and work ethic have been key factors in his success as a mixed martial artist.
Luke Rockhold Brother And Parents
Rockhold was born on October 17, 1984, in Santa Cruz, California, to his mother, Diana Rockhold, and his father, Steve Rockhold.
All his family members were athletic and professionally involved in some kind of sport.
His mother was an enthusiastic tennis player, and his father was a professional basketball player in Europe.
Rockhold’s great-grandfather was a native American with German, Irish, and English ancestry.
Luke grew up with his elder brother, Matt Rockhold, an elite surfer. He and his brother used to surf the same breaks when they were little.
Matt is a fisherman, pro surfer and also works as marketing director for Buell Wetsuits & Surf.
Luke other brother, Nate Rockhold is a father of two. However, his profession and other information are not available.
Luke Rockhold Career
Luke Rockhold started his mixed martial arts journey in July 2007 and was later promoted to Strikeforce.
After more than a year and a half hiatus from injuries, he competed against the Strikeforce Middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza on September 10, 2011.
The retired MMA fighter defended his title two consecutive times and was scheduled to bout against Lorenz Larkin for his third title defense. But the event got canceled and never took place.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship included him as one of their fighters when the Strikeforce got closed.
After losing his UFC debut fight against Victor Belfort, he roared his presence with a first-round TKO dropping Philippou at UFC Fight Night 35.
Rockhold won three consecutive fights after Fight Night 35 and competed for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
In his title bout against Chris Weidman, Luke won by technical knockout, becoming the 7th middleweight champion in UFC history.
Rockhold moved up to the light heavyweight division and lost his only match in this division against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239.
After his was released from his UFC contract in January 2023, he announced his intentions to come out of retirement to fight for another MMA organization.
Luke signed with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and made his debut against Mike Perry at BKFC 41.