Despite all eyes being on the main event of December 12’s massive UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) from Las Vegas, Nevada, the co-main event of the evening features a highly intriguing title fight as well.
Undefeated middleweight kingpin Chris Weidman will look to defend his title for the fourth time against former Strikeforce champion and surging contender Luke Rockhold.
Many are considering this to be the best 185-pound title fight of all time and for good reason, as it features a battle between two extremely well-round fighters, both of whom appear to be in their athletic primes.
The New York champion, known mostly for his relentless wrestling based attack, has been on a tear as of late, knocking off legend after legend.
The American Kickboxing Academy product in Rockhold, who has won four-straight, doesn’t seem to be worried, however.
Speaking on the UFC 194 media conference call yesterday (December 2, 2015), the challenger claimed that he sees holes in Weidman’s game, adding that he plans to stop the champion in emphatic fashion:
“Weidman has to think twice if he thinks his wrestling is going to dictate where the fight takes place, because I deal with that shit every day. Chris is about to find out, he’s got a lot of holes in his game and he just hasn’t fought anybody who’s been able to exploit them until now. He’s going to fight a guy who’s not going to… I’m not going to sit there and cower down and let him control the ring. I’m going to stop him in the middle of the cage, I’m going to dominate him, and then I will finish him.”
Weidman, who has been constantly doubted, has proved to be amongst the pound-for-pound best, but he will be facing a stiff test in the long, rangy southpaw Rockhold.
Do you believe “Rocky”?
Who will walk away from the MGM Grand strapped with middleweight gold?