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UFC 199: Chris Weidman Says He “Wasn’t Close” to His Full Potential in First Luke Rockhold Bout

Kelsey Mowatt

Chris Weidman

If you’re one of the folks who thinks Luke Rockhold showed at UFC 194 that he’s a much better fighter than Chris Weidman, well, the former champ believes you’re dead wrong.

Rockhold laid claim to the middleweight title in December, by putting away Weidman in round four. In fact, Weidman took a horrible beating in round three, and many argued afterwards the fight should have been stopped then. The result prompted many fans to concluded that Rockhold is set for a lengthy reign as champ.

But, others pointed to a poorly timed kick from Weidman, as to why things went so horribly wrong for the decorated wrestler. Then, in more recent weeks, it’s been revealed that Weidman fought with a broken foot, and with bone spurs in his elbow. On the other hand, Rockhold was battling a serious infection prior to the fight. So, did their first fight really demonstrate who is the better 185’er?

Well, the UFC has granted Weidman’s wish, and the two are going to scrap again on June 4th. According to the “All American”, the fighter who threw down at UFC 194, was far from his best (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I know what I’m capable of,” Weidman said. “I know my potential and I know I wasn’t close to it. The fact that because of what I’ve accomplished in the past gives me the opportunity to get a rematch is a great situation to be in. In most situations, people don’t get the second chance, especially right away. So, I’m very grateful for the opportunity I have. There’s no question in my mind that I’m gonna go out there and make a statement, completely dominate him and make sure everybody knows the last fight was a fluke.”

It’s going to be fascinating to see what goes down. Initially, there didn’t appear to be much buzz for Rockhold – Weidman II, but now that the latter’s injuries have been revealed, it seems like hype is building. Of course, the fact the two have been slinging insults and threats doesn’t hurt either…

UFC 199 will be hosted by the Forum in Los Angeles, California.

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