Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman will look to earn his fourth consecutive title defense when he faces Luke Rockhold in the co-main event of UFC 194, which is set to go down on Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While he's always been confident going into each and every one of his fights, the undefeated champion (13-0, 9-0) UFC) seems to have even more faith in his skills against the former Strikeforce 185-pound champion, declaring on "The MMA Hour" that he can't envision a scenario other than him running right through the "insecure" No. 1-ranked division contender.
Check out his confident statements (via MMA Fighting):
"I'm excited to go out there and just really run through Luke. I just really cannot imagine myself losing to him. I know he'll talk the same way, but I think he's just kind of faking it. I don't think he really believes he can beat me, but he knows what to say. These guys know in the weight (class), I think they're starting to get it. And he's one of the guys who knows. I think he's a little insecure about himself, and I feel like that's why he has to pump his chest up all the time and go a little overboard. I think he's just insecure and I think he knows what's coming. I think he'd much rather be fighting anyone else besides me."
Weidman, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, has proven he has just as much ability to knock out his opponents.
That's something that will undoubtedly be on Rockhold's mind come fight night, as he'll have to worry about "All American's" all-around game.
"The good thing is that [Rockhold] has no idea what I'm bringing to the table for this fight. I could just stand and try to knock him out. I could take him down and submit him. He has no idea what I'm going to bring, and that excites me. And I really could go either direction. I feel like if I wanted to, I could stand and knock him out. And I feel like if I wanted to, I could take him down and submit him. So I just feel like I have such a great opportunity no matter where this fight goes. It's just a really exciting fight, and he's a talented kid, so it's going to look good. I'm going to look good doing it. Sometimes you fight sloppy guys and it doesn't look as good. But this kid, he's athletic, he's good looking, he's got a great body, and it's going to be fun beating him up."
Rockhold, though, has also proven he has the chops to mix it up everywhere -- three of his last four wins have come via submission with the other by knockout.
If you ask me, those results add up to what could be one helluva an epic five-round championship fight.
For more on UFC 194 -- which features a Featherweight title unification fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor in the main event -- click here.