Now, if you’ve been following the lead-up to UFC 194, then you know that neither Weidman or Rockhold has exactly heaped praise on the other. This, despite the fact, both middleweights are widely considered to be two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the game.
Well, recently Rockhold appeared on “Submission Radio“, and the former Strikeforce champ continued to toss verbal slights in the direction of Weidman. According to a follow up report from Mixed Martial Arts.com, here is just some of what Rockhold had to say about the champion:
“I think he’s a very tough guy. I think he’s gotten into this division at the right time. But it’s a new age and there’s a new crop of guys coming up that are on a different level than anyone he’s ever faced, and I’m leading the way. He’s in trouble.”
“People wanna say this is a close fight. I don’t see it as [a close fight] though. I think Chris is gonna be tough for a round, maybe two. I’m gonna run away with this fight and I’m gonna take the belt home. Another belt coming back to AKA. Chris is just too slow, he’s too slow, he’s too slow. That’s all I gotta say. He’s slow, slow, and he’s slow.”
“I’m going to shut Chris Weidman down in the first round. I’m gonna expose him in the second round. And I’m gonna finish him with a left kick, followed by a left punch, simultaneously.”
There you have it. Now, these comments are likely going to rile up Weidman fans something fierce…but to be fair, the champ has also argued that he’s going to storm through Rockhold. A man who has cruised through his last four opponents, and took out Lyoto Machida in his last outing. Weidman has also defeated Machida, but the decorated wrestler needed the judge’s scorecards to do it.
It’s going to be fascinating to see what goes down on December 12th and whether Rockhold can hand Weidman his first pro loss. That card will also feature featherweight champion Jose Aldo taking on Conor McGregor–in case you haven’t heard….
UFC 194 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.