December’s UFC 194 is arguably the most stacked show of the year, featuring two big title fights.
To be sure, the anticipated bout between longtime featherweight titlist Jose Aldo and interim champ Conor McGregor has received top billing. But many fans are just as excited for the co-main event: a middleweight title bout featuring one of MMA’s most dominant champions in Chris Weidman facing one of its fastest-rising stars, Luke Rockhold.
Many fans see it as the more evenly matched and thus more exciting of the two.
However, the challenger Rockhold implied yesterday that those fans may be in for a rude awakening come December 12 — that the bout won’t be competitive, at least not for long.
“People want to say this is a close fight,” Rockhold said to Submission Radio. “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 (American Kickboxing Academy). 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.”
Weidman is among MMA’s most decorated wrestlers, but Rockhold says that’s no problem. He says Weidman’s ground game isn’t any more effective than Lyoto Machida, who Rockhold finished with a rear naked choke back in April.
“He’s not going to bring anything that I’m not used to,” the Californian says. “I’m a much higher level in the wrestling. I know he’s good on the feet, I know he’s good on the ground, as with (Lyoto) Machida on the ground. I have a different level of speed and athleticism and funk, and he’s not going to keep up with me. If he wants to take it to the ground, he’s not going to be able to keep up.”
The full interview is here: