The middleweight was taken out by Rockhold in the fourth round on December 12th, and as a result. Weidman recorded his first professional defeat. The accomplished wrestler hasn’t been making the rounds citing the injury as an excuse, but recently Longo told ESPN the following:
“He had a fractured foot in two places. We tried to work around it, but I think mentally it had an effect on him, because he wasn’t able to push the cardio the right way.”
“He has fought with injuries before,” added Longo. “I’ve seen this guy walk through fire before — but as his coach, I feel bad. Maybe I should have been more vocal about this or that. You can’t make excuses. His teammate, Aljamain Sterling, was banged up going into his fight on Dec. 11 and he won. So, you never know.”
Now sure, Rockhold boosters will point out that he battled a serious infection during his camp, and that he was far from 100% as well. It should also be noted that Longo credited Rockhold for scoring the win, and said he deserves to be champ.
But, this revelation that Weidman was dealing with a busted foot, certainly explains why he’s so eager to take another run at Rockhold. Further, it helps explain why the UFC plans to book an immediate rematch. Since the fight was pretty one sided, there didn’t seem to be a ton of buzz for Rockhold – Weidman II. But, the UFC clearly understands that the “All American” did them a huge solid by not pulling out of UFC 194. With this news, chances are more fans want to see the rematch too.
The rematch is expected to take place at UFC 199 in June.