We knew about the staph infection Luke Rockhold fought through at UFC 194 but now we're hearing about what was bothering former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Weidman revealed earlier this month that he suffered his first professional loss while battling a broken foot. The former champ's coach Ray Longo told ESPN that the foot was fractured in two places and that Weidman could barely stand just a month out from the fight.
Don't look to Rockhold for any sympathy. He stopped the champ with punches midway through round four in December and plans to cut that time in half.
"The rematch with Weidman is set," Rockhold told Bloody Elbow. "I believe at UFC 199. It should be June 4 or so. I'm looking forward to it. I think [the broken foot] is a joke. They know my situation. I came in with an infection on antibiotics and I still whipped his ass. Like I said to his manager just now, Weidman goes down in two [rounds]. I'll put him away in half the time. I almost feel bad about this next one. It's going to be bad."
Speaking with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rockhold elaborated on the rematch and wants to remove any doubt about how this matchup goes down.
"People, for some reason, think it was a close fight," said Rockhold. "I don't think so. I think I was controlling it the whole way and I really don't see it any different the next time around. I wasn't at my peak performance. Chris wants to say he was at 10 to 20 [percent]. When I beat him again, what's he going to say? He's at two percent? Three percent? I'm looking forward to getting in there and putting an ending on that one. I'm going to end it with an exclamation point."
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@BensonHenderson maybe we could schedule some time to talk all things mma and family. Let me know if you can make it happen.— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) February 12, 2016
Hit me up, just followed so dm me... https://t.co/IKhZ5M3qL2— TheOnceAndFutureKing (@BensonHenderson) February 12, 2016
Rose visiting NM.
Only equipment needed for the rematch against Cruz. Next training camp is going to be strictly... https://t.co/9ghJmp37WQ— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) February 12, 2016
Only equipment needed for the rematch against Cruz. Next training camp is going to be strictly running marathons and pillow fighting. Cause that little bitch doesn't want to fight he wants to run and throw his pillows around that he calls fists! @danawhiteufc @ufc Give me the rematch to get back what is rightfully mine and should have never lost. No more being respectful or nice cause that doesn't seem to get you S#%T anymore.
I'm not impressed pic.twitter.com/ZPZIOhOiSE— Royce Gracie (@realroyce) February 14, 2016
Hitting some pads.
Good to know.
At the movies seating next to someone that would go crazy in here,IF HE GETS UP TO QUICK. pic.twitter.com/aooIY4lgXx— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) February 14, 2016
Happy Valentine's Day pic.twitter.com/cV7FGub8ru— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) February 14, 2016
I had to pick up my Valentine, isn't she BEAUTIFUL!!!! pic.twitter.com/HKWMoMNQb7— Kenny Robertson (@170Kenny) February 14, 2016
Announced this weekend (Feb. 12-14 2016)
Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara at UFC 196
cancelled Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch moved to UFC 196
David Branch vs. Clifford Starks at WSOF 30
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