Although Chris Weidman is booked to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 187, ever since Luke Rockhold took out Lyoto Machida, there’s been a ton of talk about how he’d fair against the middleweight champ.
Not only did Rockhold drop jaws in that fight, by dominating Machida on the ground and subbing him in round two, but the former Strikeforce champ’s finished four straight contenders. It’s worth noting, of course, that Belfort’s also been on a ridiculous roll and took out Rockhold in 2013, but it seems like most people believe Weidman will remain champ after May 23rd.
Well, one of the latest people to weigh-in on how Rockhold would do against Weidman is fellow contender, Tim Kennedy. Recently the rugged vet spoke to “Submission Radio“, and while discussing Weidman-Rockhold, here is some of what he had to say (quotes via FOX Sports.com):
“It’s a bad fight for Chris, stylistically,” Kennedy said.
“He’s going to take Luke down? Like, Luke is really hard to take down, and when you get him down his Jiu Jitsu is amazing. It’s one of the best and underrated offensive Jiu Jitsu games in MMA. [Luke] has the range, he has the height, he has the size, he has the power. It’s a very, very difficult — you know of all the fights, if you look at Chris and match him up with the next six of us, that’s his toughest match up. And I think Chris and I would be a very tough fight, I think ‘Jacare’ and Chris would be a tough fight. Yoel [Romero] and Chris would be a very tough fight, and then you have Luke sitting here.”
Interesting no? Kennedy is also someone who has faced Rockhold and lost via unanimous decision. He was also decisioned by “Jacare” Souza during his time with Strikeforce, who Kennedy noted, is also very much in the mix.
While it remains to be seen what direction the UFC will go, there certainly seems to be a lot of buzz behind Rockhold right now. If you missed it, the AKA fighter was recently moved into the #1 contender position to boot.
UFC 187 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.