After Chris Weidman recently said that Luke Rockhold isn’t actually confident in his ability to beat the champ, the latter, not surprisingly, has had a few things to say in return.
As you know, the middleweights are scheduled to fight on December 12th at UFC 194, in what many believe could be the best fight the division’s seen in a while. In a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour”, Weidman opined that Rockhold is “insecure”, and that the challenger’s confidence is just a front. The undefeated fighter also said he’s excited to “run through” the former Strikeforce champ.
Well, Rockhold recently spoke to MMA Fighting.com in a follow up piece, and here is just some of what the fighter had to say about Mr. Weidman.
“It sounds like [Weidman]’s asleep in bed,” Rockhold said. “I just don’t know what the hell’s going on in his head. I don’t know if he’s psychologically convinced himself that we’re scared of him or something, but he’s not on the right page. I feel like he’s in for a rude awakening…
“I think there’s a relaxation that I have over Weidman that he hasn’t realized yet. He’s so tough, he gets by on a lot of toughness, but I don’t think he uses his head too well. It seems like he’s a little cloudy in his vision in a fight. He doesn’t fight with the highest IQ. You can see when he comes in, he comes in kind of carelessly, kind of going through the motions. He doesn’t adjust well. It seems like he’s almost seeing red at times. I was there at one point in my career. I learned how to adjust and see my opponent and what he brings, and counter.”
Those are some interesting comments from Weidman, particularly the one about the champ “seeing red”. Weidman is without question one of the sport’s top fighters, but he has taken some heavy shots in his fights, and did so before he quickly put away Vitor Belfort in May. That said, he’s also shown that he’s got a pretty sturdy chin to go with a top tier wrestling, a vicious top game, and underrated stand-up.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how this fight unfolds. No question. Will Weidman take it down? And will he able to keep it there?
UFC 194 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and oh yeah, it will feature featherweight champ Jose Aldo taking on Conor McGregor.