Chris Weidman took a vicious beating at UFC 194, and lost the middleweight title, but the former champ’s reminding folks that the fight was extremely competitive, early on.
Weidman faced Luke Rockhold that December 12th night, and after the latter landed a ton of ground-and-pound strikes in round three, the bout was eventually stopped in round four. Heading into the event, there were folks who believed Rockhold was going to hand Weidman his first pro defeat, but not many predicted what went down.
But, after the fight, Weidman supporters and others pointed out that the fight really turned south for him, after he missed on a kick, and was taken down. Recently Weidman appeared on The Luke Thomas Show, and the decorated wrestler argued that in fact, Rockhold was starting to break, before the ill timed kick (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
I understand you could watch that fight and see it’s back and forth. When that spinning back kick happened and he got the takedown, that was probably when he was at his worst. He was starting to go downhill with the body kicks I was hitting him with. He looked like he was starting to break and I threw him a gift – the spinning back kick – that he capitalized on.
It’s certainly true that Weidman was doing quite fine up until that point. Although, Rockhold supporters would likely argue that Weidman had no answers for the now reigning champ’s top game, and that’s really why he lost.
In the interview, Weidman also outlined why he wanted an immediate rematch with Rockhold, rather than take a tune-up fight. The “All American” believes that with a proper camp, one that isn’t diminished by breaking a foot, he will reclaim the title.
Rockhold-Weidman II will take place on June 4th at UFC 199 in Los Angeles.