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We are now just a few weeks out from the highly anticipated UFC 194 card which is set to go down on December 12, 2015 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Although all of the attention is locked on the long-awaited featherweight title showdown between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, the co-main event features another intriguing title fight which may be flying under the radar.

Middleweight champion Chris Weidman will attempt to make the fourth defense of his 185-pound title against what may be his toughest test to date in the form of former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold.

Many consider Weidman and Rockhold to be two of the best middleweights in the world, and both appear to be in their primes. Stylistically, “Rocky” could provide some problems for the Serra-Longo product, but it seems as if Weidman hasn’t taken this training camp lightly.

Recently speaking on the topic, the champion admits that he’s been living a healthier lifestyle, even going as far to say that he feels like a welterweight:

“I’m more like a 170-pounder,” Weidman told MMAJunkie. “I weigh like 192, 193 (pounds) in the morning. I’ve got my weight down really low for this one. I really didn’t get out of shape between fights, and it kept my weight down low. I’ve been just living a healthy lifestyle. I don’t drink anymore, so I think that keeps the weight down, too.”

Trimming down his weight cut could definitely be beneficial to Weidman come fight night, but it definitely hasn’t been easy, especially noting that the New York native most likely had to miss out on a Thanksgiving meal with his family. However, sacrifices like these truly motivate Weidman:

“I don’t mind making sacrifices,” he said. “I’ve missed Christmases and Thanksgivings from my wrestling days to my fighting days. It’s part of the sport, and it motivates me.”

Will Weidman’s sacrifices be worth the price on December 12th?