Did NOT see that coming
That thing is the martial code. That code is what every fighter lives by, whether he acknowledges the fact or not. The martial code has been expressed in many forms across many cultures over the millennia- bushido in feudal Japan, the chivalric code in mediaeval Europe, Wude (that's one possible pronunciation or spelling of it) in China, and so on and so forth. Regardless of culture, the martial code always dictates respect, honour, and virtue- and part of being respectful is that one must respect ALL opponents. This applies without reservation to size, strength, sex, or skill level. Every opponent must be respected as a dangerous foe.
And when fighting a seemingly outclassed opponent, mercy does not consist of throwing verbal insults and posturing. Mercy consists of ending the fight quickly and as painlessly as possible, then shaking your opponent's hand and moving on.
Luke Rockhold forgot the martial code. And he paid a steep price for that failure of character by losing his belt to a man who worked hard for his opportunities and exploited them when he got them.
In which case, I really look forward to seeing his epic derpface again:
|What I imagine Luke Rockhold looked like when he got put to sleep by a solid jab|