UFC 194: Weidman vs. Rockhold
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and his AKA counterpart Luke Rockhold present an interesting riddle in the UFC 194 blockbuster PPV main event. Both have world class grappling, ‘Rocky’ is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt with world championship titles to his credit, ‘The All-American’ started his combat life as a NCAA Division I wrestler, but has since gone on to become a formidable BJJ black belt too.
Weidman’s striking is what has surprised most though, as he sensationally blasted Anderson Silva at UFC 162, and has since gone on to outstrike the tricky Karate master and former 205-pound boss Lyoto Machida. Rockhold has some nasty kicks that he recently used to dispatch Costa Philippou, but has been displaying some snake-like submission skills in the form of a guillotine, a rear naked choke and an inverted triangle-kimura against Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch respectively.
So where will this fight go? On paper these guys are very evenly matched, and you could easily argue that each has their own ways of winning from almost any position. Weidman’s high pressure game has proved impossible for anyone to deal with so far, but the AKA standout and former Strikeforce middleweight champion is currently experiencing the best form of his career too.
Do and Don’t
Chris Weidman-Do use your pressure striking to back Rockhold up against the cage, keep him guessing with takedowns to but be wary of his slick submissions on the ground, he might be baiting you. Don’t let Rockhold connect with kicks in the exchanges, they are arguably his best weapon in the striking, don’t get caught in the Muay Thai when pressuring for the takedown and definitely don’t let this get top position for any amount of time.
Luke Rockhold-Do counter with kicks, your leg reach is by far your biggest advantage physically, use your wrestling and submission game as much as possible but try to keep this fight standing if you can. Don’t back-pedal, Weidman loves to catch dudes going backward with those big hooks, don’t let your back touch the fence and DO NOT get in to a slugfest.
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