Reigning UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is confident that his rematch against Chris Weidman at UFC 199 on June 4 won’t last long.
Rockhold was crowned middleweight champion when he knocked out Weidman in the fourth round of their bout at UFC 194 on December 12.
It was recently revealed that Weidman fought Rockhold with a broken foot, but even though Weidman has made a full recovery, Rockhold doesn’t see the outcome of their rematch being any different.
“I think you’re going to see a different fight,” he told reporters. “It’s going to be quick, it’s going to be fast, it’s going to be precise and I’m going to go in there and execute.
“What? Weidman’s got a broken foot? What is that going to change when he comes back with a healthy foot? His most effective thing in the whole fight was kicks, and he was kicking with both feet.
“Having a healthy foot isn’t going to help him be a better boxer, it’s not going to help him be a better grappler. I went in there and fought on antibiotics. that held me back, didn’t have the output I normally do.”
Meanwhile, Rockhold also admitted that Weidman seems like a different person without his title as he constantly kept talking over him during the UFC “Unstoppable” presser.
“Weidman was talking over me the whole time like an emotional little girl,” he said. “Jesus, I literally couldn’t say nothing with him talking over me. Obviously not having the belt has gotten to him. I don’t know where he’s coming from, he’s just really emotional — maybe he’s on his period or something.
“He doesn’t look like himself. We’ll see if this emotion helps him. But to my knowledge emotion doesn’t help you fight. He better check himself or this fight’s going to be over a lot sooner than he expects, maybe than even I expect.
“I don’t feel threatened by Chris. I really don’t see what he’s going to bring to the table to blow me away. He’s a great fighter, but I’m the best.”