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Morning Report: Chris Weidman says broken foot and 'complacent' attitude led to loss to Luke Rockhold

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No longer undefeated, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman believes his loss to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 has actually endeared him to fans.

"You've got to have thick skin," Weidman told UFC commentators Kenny Florian and Jon Anik on their podcast. "Coming off all my wins I had a lot of criticism. It's funny, after losing I think I've had less criticism. Every time I won there were so many excuses why. When I lost I guess people saw the human side and now maybe I'm more relatable."

Weidman challenges Rockhold in an immediate rematch June 4 at UFC 199 in Los Angeles, California. The New Yorker feels fortunate for the opportunity but isn't feeling any added pressure.

"Not really," Weidman said. "I do feel more free because I was caught in a way of doing things. My 'if it's not broken, don't fix it' type attitude might have held me back and made me complacent. Now that I lost, it just makes me feel more free to change and do different things to make myself a better fighter. Before I was like, 'It's working doing what I'm doing, so why travel to New York City to train with this guy or go to New Jersey to go with that guy? I'm good with what I'm doing.' Now I'm making those moves and doing whatever I can to make sure I'm handling my business.

"I'm just really trying to take myself out of my comfort zone. I got real comfortable just doing my normal schedule. Now I'm switching it up, going with different people. Just putting myself in an environment of 'un-comfortability' to help me grow. I'm already seeing success with that."

Last year Weidman kicked off a shortened six-week training camp by breaking two bones in his foot. He hoped the injury would be healed a week out from the fight but was told by his pediatrist that his broken cuboid bone could take a year to heal properly.

"When you get hurt it's hard to judge when it's the right time to pull out of a fight," said Weidman. "I knew this was such a big fight that I wasn't going to back out of it. I fought with so many other injuries before so I had the confidence to think I could get through it and beat him, but obviously I was wrong. I went out there to win and I lost so all credit to Luke.

"Obviously you're hurt, but I think the biggest thing in training was not being able to get my cardio to where I needed to be to feel confident to go five rounds. That might have been the hardest thing that held me back."

Weidman faces Rockhold June 4 in the main event at UFC 199 from The Forum in Inglewood, California.



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