Luke Rockhold was exceedingly confident heading into his UFC 194 title fight against the undefeated and undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman, promising to expose "The All American's" flaws and prove why he is the rightful 185-pound king.
In the biggest fight of his career, Rockhold's confidence and incredible abilities inside the Octagon helped him accrue the UFC Championship belt, as he savagely beat down Weidman in the third and fourth rounds to leave no doubt as to who was the best Middleweight in the world.
In the lead-up to the massive pay-per-view (PPV), Rockhold assured fight fans that Weidman was simply a product of good timing, and had yet to face anyone of caliber during his title run.
Of course, fight fans scoffed at Rockhold's claims, considering Weidman had defeated Anderson Silva twice, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort in successive bouts.
Regardless of his past victories, many agreed Rockhold would be the staunchest test for Weidman yet, and that absolutely proved to be the case on fight night.
The American Kickboxing Academy product was supremely confident in his stand-up abilities and grappling acumen, and he leaned on both to earn him the title victory in violent fashion.
The title fight was close early on, with Weidman getting the better of Rockhold in the opening frame. The second round was much more back-and-forth action, and halfway into the third, the bout seemed destined to be a legendary five round affair.
Then came an ill-fated wheel kick from Weidman, which led to him being taken down for the first time in his career. Rockhold quickly secured full-mount, and beat the hell out of the UFC Champion, landing 40 or so unanswered strikes as referee Herb Dean refused to call it.
By the beginning of the fourth round, it was only a matter of time before Rockhold sealed the deal, and minutes later he was once again pounding on Weidman en route to the technical knockout victory.
The former Strikeforce Champion was long overlooked during his time in Scott Coker's promotion, but title victories over Ronaldo Souza and Tim Kennedy prior to entering UFC gave credence to the fact he was one of the best Middleweights in the world.
Two years and six UFC fights later, Rockhold is the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion, and his talents could keep him atop the division for years to come.
Rockhold now joins Fabricio Werdum, Robbie Lawler, and Daniel Cormier as Strikeforce veterans currently holding UFC titles.
As for what's next for the savvy champ, a title tussle with fellow UFC 194 victor Yoel Romero is likely on the way. Romero defeated "Jacare" Souza via split decision in a highly controversial fight just one bout prior to Rockhold's title capturing performance.
Of course, UFC brass could opt to give Weidman the immediate rematch, but hopefully the former champ takes some time off to lick his wounds before stepping into the Octagon against Rockhold again.
Ultimately, I suspect you will see Rockhold vs. Romero headlining a UFC PPV in the first quarter of 2016.
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