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Lyoto Machida: Chris Weidman will beat Luke Rockhold, retain UFC middleweight title

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"The Dragon" doesn't see "All American" losing his title anytime soon.

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Luke Rockhold will get his much-desired title shot, as he has been pegged as the next challenger for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Time and place to be determined.

While Rockhold is more than confident he has the chops to dethrone "All American" and hand him his first professional loss, his fellow colleague, Lyoto Machida, isn't quick to give him the title just yet. "The Dragon" acknowledges the challenger's skills, but told The MMA Hour that Weidman will be just a tad bit better come fight night.

His prediction:

"It's hard to say who will win that fight because they both have strengths and weaknesses. I think Luke Rockhold has a good ground game and he knows how to fight standing up. So, Chris Weidman has good takedown, and also has good control on the ground, so, it's very hard to say. I think it's who brings a better strategy wins the fight. I pick Weidman."

Machida is one of only of two men -- Vitor Belfort being the other -- to compete against both Rockhold and Weidman, so the Brazilian has good insight into what each combatant has to offer.

Prior to getting choked out by Rockhold in round two of their UFC on FOX 15 headlining bout (video replay here), Machida went the distance against Weidman in a classic, back-and-forth five rounder at UFC 175 (see it).

As for what's next for Machida, he'll look to get back into the win column when he takes on the streaking Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC Fight Night 70 on June 27, 2015 in Hollywood, Florida.

Your thoughts on his pick for "Weidman vs. Rockhold?"