The hype surrounding UFC 194 this December is reminiscent of a runaway train with no brakes.
Much of the momentum heading into the promotion’s most revered pay-per-view event of the calendar year can be directly attributed to Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor’s long-awaited title clash, but it simply takes more than one fight to make a card.
Luckily, an interesting championship bout between middleweight king Chris Weidman and red-hot contender Luke Rockhold will be riding shotgun come Dec. 12.
With a matchup of styles handed down from the gods of MMA, people around the sport have already labeled Weidman vs. Rockhold as the best title fight in the history of the 185-pound division. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen certainly applies to the argument when discussing bad blood, but Sonnen failed to match Silva’s potential on paper.
As an underdog in the eyes of many, Rockhold must overcome Weidman’s untainted record and rise to the occasion in order to capture promotional gold.
Here are five reasons why the former Strikeforce kingpin will defeat “The All American” and stake his claim as one of the best all-round fighters in the world.