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Chris Weidman says loss to Luke Rockhold 'has already changed me for the better'

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Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman gained a fan following in large part due to his straightforward, no-nonsense manner.

So it should come as no surprise that Weidman is making no excuses for his UFC 194 loss to Luke Rockhold.

Monday, the former champ posted to Instagram in his first public statement since leaving the Octagon after his fourth-round TKO loss to Rockhold, his first professional defeat.

In the post, Weidman says he's motivated for his comeback and thanks the fans for their support.

"I just wanna let everyone know that I am ok," Weidman said. "I am so blessed with an amazing family, friends, team and fans. Thank you all so much for the support."

See the full Instagram post below:

I will remember this moment for ever. It has already changed me for the better. The motivation I have inside myself has never been stronger. I did not feel like myself in there for many reasons but it was a loss that I needed and deserved. I have been playing back different moments in the fight where i didn't do or react the way I should have but this was all part of a true master plan that God has in store for me. I will be back and I will be champion again. I just wanna let everyone know that I am ok. I am so blessed with an amazing family, friends, team and fans. Thank you all so much for the support. It means more now than ever.