Don't worry about Luke Rockhold lacking any confidence.
The top contender faces UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman Dec. 12 at UFC 194, but Rockhold isn't feeling the pressure of challenging the No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
"I don't feel nothing," Rockhold told Submission Radio. "I feel myself going in there and doing my job. That's what I feel. People want to see this as a close fight? I don't see it. I think Chris is going to be tough ... for a round. Maybe two. I'm going to run away with this fight. I'm going to take the belt home. Another belt to AKA [American Kickboxing Academy].
"Chris is just too slow. He's too slow. He's slow. That's all I've got to say. He's slow, slow, slow."
13-0 at 31, Weidman only began fighting as a pro in 2009, but Rockhold feels the champ is actually part of the old guard getting ready to exit the sport.
"I think he's a very tough guy," Rockhold said of Weidman. "I think he's got this division at the right time, but it's a new age. There's a new crop of guys coming up that are on a different level than anyone he's ever faced. I'm leading the way. He's in trouble in a lot of ways. I think our Lyoto Machida fights tell a very different story when we fought the same guy. The Vitor Belfort fight, we shouldn't even talk about it. It's not even in the same realm. We all know what the difference was, there. Anderson Silva is Anderson so who knows how those fights went. I'm more focused on current history."
A training partner of former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier, Rockhold says Weidman won't present issues he isn't used to seeing in the training room.
"I'm not scared of Weidman," said Rockhold. "He's fighting all of these guy that are scared of his wrestling and letting him dictate the pace of the fight. I dictate the pace of my fights. No one else. He's not going to bring anything that I'm not used to. I know he's good on the feet and on the ground but it's the same thing as Machida on the ground.
"I have a different level of speed and athleticism and he's not going to be able to keep up with me. He can't keep up, whether we're on the ground or on the feet, and that's where I plan on exposing every weakness he has."
A southpaw, Rockhold even called his shot on how he plans to stop Weidman.
"I'm going to shut Chris Weidman down in the first round," said Rockhold. "I'm going to expose him in the second round. I'm going to finish him with a left kick followed by a left punch. Simultaneously."
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#ufchawaii @ufc @danawhite #areyounotentertained— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) October 24, 2015
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Great getting to meet his class fighter last night safe home lads @BlessedMMA pic.twitter.com/hhey5rKTva— Neil 2 Tap Seery (@NeilSeeryMMA) October 25, 2015
So here goes with the big long ass post fight status for the 2nd time now too as I wrote it all out and deleted it by...Posted by Steven Ray on Sunday, October 25, 2015
Thank you Dublin for the best experience of my life. I can't find words. @UFCEurope pic.twitter.com/fwFHZg0Jht— Aisling Daly (@aisydaly) October 25, 2015
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Respect @Pendred all the best in the future. I know you will be back stronger.— Tom Breese (@BreeseMMA) October 25, 2015
@Renato_Laranja glad to make you to be proud!— Tom Breese (@BreeseMMA) October 26, 2015
Feels great to get the win in Dublin! #ufcdublin https://t.co/AndPxUebYQ— Darren Elkins (@DarrenElkinsMMA) October 24, 2015
To my sponsors, my team and my family. You are the reason I can do what I do. Thank You. #ProudlySA #UFCDublin pic.twitter.com/WshJyUFw4c— Garreth McLellan (@SoldierboyInc) October 24, 2015
Better luck next time.
@SOBrien18 we be back on that horse soon pal thanks for the support— Patrick Holohan (@PaddyHolohanMMA) October 25, 2015
@stormin_norman155 it was a pleasure sharing the octagon with you! ❤️مرسى از حماياتتون pic.twitter.com/5fNhYNtNbK— rezamaddog (@RezaMaddog) October 24, 2015
The guy to the left and me just smashed each other heads in. I hope you enjoyed the fight . Win,... https://t.co/eZXB3N2vVh— Nicolas Dalby (@DalbyMMA) October 24, 2015
No excuse, I had the preparation he needed and the time it took. Thanks to my partners
Pas d'excuse, j'ai eu la preparation qu'il fallait et le temps qu'il fallait. Merci a mes partenaires Vitamin&co... https://t.co/DJ6JFTzDQK— mickael lebout (@LeboutMickael) October 24, 2015
Thank you so much guys. Was not this time. But I'm going to work harder and more. Give up ever.
Muito obrigada pessoal. Não foi desta vez. Mas vou trabalhar mais e mais. Desistir nunca. https://t.co/pxe025eJaG— Ericka Almeida (@ErickaAlmeidaGT) October 24, 2015
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I've a few bumps & bruises, but nothing hurts more than my pride. But if you learn from defeat, it's not failure. Thanks for the support.— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) October 25, 2015
I left it all In there @UFCEurope— Robert Whiteford (@Flyinjudoka) October 24, 2015
I am grateful for the opportunity to resume my career and I am excited to show how much I've grown as a person outside...Posted by Jon "Bones" Jones on Friday, October 23, 2015
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@ryanbader are we gonna sit and wait forever or are we gonna fight? Much respect to you but we need to fight...... https://t.co/scVn18BcpX— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) October 23, 2015
Smolka is a super nice and humble kid. I met Paddy a few times and he was cocky and rude— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) October 24, 2015
Worse UFC fighter ever -> Something Daly!!— Claudia Gadelha (@ClaudiaGadelha_) October 24, 2015
I don't know and don't give a FUCK who yamaguchi is but the real contender is ME fuck you all!!! #BellatorMMA #ImKillEmAll— Georgi Karakhanyan (@georgimma) October 24, 2015
Had some respect for Held but after watching his fights I've lost that respect. Diving to the floor is for cowards...— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) October 24, 2015
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Not gonna lie , not what I was expected but i'm a compagny guy and a professionnal athlete #fightersFight https://t.co/bcLodZOKYw— patrick cote (@patrick_cote) October 23, 2015
U asked 4 Top 15 & they gave you me. I feel honored. Sorry I'm not who you wanted. Big fan since you @titoortiz https://t.co/3zj2a07c9H— Ben Saunders (@bensaundersMMA) October 24, 2015
You do not want us dissecting your game and plotting your demise. Sunday work with Roddy. #SBG #Primal #UNIFY pic.twitter.com/y679bI3BbF— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 25, 2015
Thanks again @BryanCaraway and @MieshaTate for the training today @MonsterEnergy @metalmulisha pic.twitter.com/W1myKLGFQP— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) October 25, 2015
Feels good to be back in my element, 7weeks and counting #jointheteam https://t.co/WAxRKKYv7A pic.twitter.com/OZIFIOmvtB— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) October 24, 2015
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Get well soon.
Não há vitória sem luta. Ossos do ofício!Ninguém vai me parar! There's no victory without fight.Nobody will stop me! pic.twitter.com/wOiKuhUdES— Claudia Gadelha (@ClaudiaGadelha_) October 25, 2015
When you doctor and corner guys think their funny.Posted by John Wayne Parr on Friday, October 23, 2015
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Gonna be popular this year.
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