The UFC has announced that Luke Rockhold is going to face middleweight champ Chris Weidman next, and what better man is there than Lyoto Machida, to make a prediction on the scrap?
Not only is Machida a good guy to ask since he’s fought both men, but he’s also been one of the sport’s top fighters for around a decade now. So, ya, he probably has some valuable insights to offer on the matter.
Well, Machida appeared on the latest episode of “UFC Tonight“, and when asked for his thoughts on Weidman-Rockhold, here is what “The Dragon” had to say (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“Both of them have strengths and weaknesses. Rockhold has good ground game and knows how to fight standing up. Weidman has good wrestling and ground control. I think Weidman has more experience. I pick Weidman.”
Machida provided a stiff test for Weidman last July, but lost the bout via unanimous decision. After quickly taking out CB Dolloway in December, Machida was submitted by Rockhold in the second round this April.
Up next, Machida will take on Yoel Romero this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 70, which is a bout between the promotion’s #4 ranked 185ér against the the #6 positioned middleweight respectively. When asked about Romero, and the fact he’s fighting another decorated wrestler, Machida stated:
“Even though he’s a wrestler, he knows how to fight standing up. He knows how to keep the distance. But I believe in myself and my background in karate. I have a better chance than him and will be prepared on Saturday.”
It’s going to be interested to see what unfolds in the headliner. Romero has won five straight fights and if he can defeat Machida, he’ll be knocking on the door for a title shot.
UFC FN 70 will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Weidman-Rockhold, meanwhile does not have fixed date yet.