So what did UFC Middleweight Luke Rockhold do before pursuing a life as a professional fighter? Pottery. Kennedy explained his past in art to MMAJunkie radio.
“I like to do it when I have time, but I’m so busy,” said Rockhold, who’s awaiting his next booking after suffering a broken toe in his most recent fight. “It takes a long time, and I’m very meticulous, and everything has got to be perfect.”
“I’m not going to lie – let’s just put it out there – I made a bong,” Rockhold said. “I made a bong, and my ceramics teacher would always break all these bongs. Anybody who would try to fire a bong, when it got to the firing shelf, he would see it, and he would break it. He would break all these guys’ bongs.
“I sat there and made the most intricate (bong), like disguised it to the max, and you could not even understand what was going on. At the end, he saw it on the shelf, and then he actually took it and held it front of every one of his classes and said, ‘If you put this much time and effort and you are this good, I will fire it for you.’
“And then it went into the high school county art show, and I won the high school county art show.”
Pretty crazy right? It gets crazier! Rockhold went on to describe the bong:
“It’s a head, this crazy alien head, and then another head is morphing out, and this guy’s climbing out of it, and then there’s another guy getting older, so it’s kind of morphing, the whole thing,” he explained. “The head is coming out the top, and there’s this old guy at the top, and he’s wrinkled and his mouth is open and the eyeball comes out the bottom. It’s a pretty cool piece.”