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UFC 199: Chris Weidman Says His Career’s “on The Line” in Luke Rockhold Rematch

Kelsey Mowatt

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman may be in the prime of his career, but the former middleweight champ clearly believes he’ll be in a must win situation, when he rematches Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.

Weidman has been handed an opportunity to avenge his stoppage loss to Rockhold, which took place at UFC 194 in December. The defeated was the first of Weidman’s impressive career to date.

Well, recently the decorated wrestler appeared on AXS TV’s “Inside MMA“, and Weidman discussed the upcoming rematch. While doing so, Weidman stated this (quote via MMA Mania.com):

“This is a do or die fight for me. I have to go out there and dominate him. This is my career on the line. This is everything. This is bigger than my Anderson Silva fights. I’m already starting my camp. I did a six-week camp last time and now I’m doing a 12-week camp this time. I’m just going to be very prepared.”

So are some strong words no? Now, since Weidman is just 31 years-old, clearly he will have plenty of time to make another title run, if he loses to Rockhold for a second time. So, to say that his career is on the line, is a bit of an exaggeration. Weidman could be looking at that way as a means to motivate himself.

There’s no doubt, however, that a second loss to Rockhold would be a significant setback. Particularly if Rockhold retains the belt for sometime. Chances are Weidman would have to win several big fights, before he would be tapped for a third fight the with champ.

UFC 199 will be hosted by the Forum in Los Angeles on June 4th.

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