Luke Rockhold on Chris Weidman: 'I am going to break him'
Luke Rockhold assured us that he is indeed fighting Chris Weidman next for the UFC middleweight world championship. He then stopped by the It's Time podcast to tell Bruce and T.J. a little bit more about what it means to him to become the best in the world.
"This is what I've been working for my whole life, is to be on top and to be regarded as the number one fighter in the world at my weight and hopefully beyond," he said.
"In Strikeforce I just didn't have that option of being the number one fighter in the world, no matter who I beat and how well I performed. Now I have that opportunity to prove myself as the top guy in the world. It's been a long road."
When the fight with Weidman does come, Rockhold is confident that he'll find a way to break the champion. He'll make the "All-American" work for every inch he takes, and he'll eat him up in other areas.
"I'm going to scramble. I'm going to make him pay for every take down attempt he does. So, I will force that and he'll find himself in a lot of trouble. When it hits the ground he's going to have to scramble to get himself free and out of danger," he said.
"I think this fight, ultimately, ends up on the feet and Weidman doesn't go the distance with me. He's not going to be able to keep my pace for 25 minutes. I think we've all seen him fade a bit in the fourth and the fifth. He stays strong. He's such a tough guy, he hangs in there. But, I'm going to keep a pace and pressure that he's never been used to. He's fighting guys who are running away from him. I'm not going anywhere. I'll be in his face, I'll be wrestling with him, I'll be making him work the whole 25 minutes, if need be, but I really don't see it going that far. Everyone has a breaking point.
"It's just who's threshold is higher? How hard do you push yourself in camp? And there's not one man in the world who pushes himself harder than me and who can break me. I know I'll get to Weidman. I will break him. I believe I'm too technical on the ground, I have too much finesse on the feet. I have too many weapons."
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