When you're dominated and sent from your mantle as a UFC champion, as was the case for former middleweight kingpin, Chris Weidman, who was picked apart and bloodied by current titleholder, Luke Rockhold, at the UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) back in December, it's hard to forget about it.
View footage of their co-main event clash here.
After having time to digest what went wrong in "Sin City," the New York native wants to get back on the saddle and avenge his one-sided loss to the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product, Rockhold.
From Rockhold's lips to your ears (via FOX Sports):
"We've talked [Rockhold and UFC President Dana White] and from what I see there's a couple of fights on the table -- there's Yoel Romero and there's Chris Weidman. I think Chris Weidman, he's been the longtime reigning champion, I know he's begging for a shot. He's been harassing Dana (White) from what I understand since the day after the fight and I'm not opposed to giving him what he wants if he really likes it. I'm not happy with my performance against Chris so if we're going to do it again, I'm going to go out there looking to execute and be perfect next time. I want to make a statement to where he never wants to come back and fight me again. That's what I'm looking to do every time."
The California-based Rockhold is clearly his own worst critic.
Following the incredible UFC 194 event (results), it appears company brass were left with a few options. One would be to allow "All American" the opportunity to reclaim his belt, despite faltering via strikes in the fourth round, or hand over Vitor Belfort on a silver platter.
Rockhold previously lost to "The Phenom" via first-round knockout in his UFC debut back in May 2013.
That option seems to be dissipating, according to Rockhold, leaving Cuban wrecking ball Yoel Romero as the only other viable contender that makes sense to stand opposite the former in his first title defense.
"Soldier of God" defeated ex-Strikeforce middleweight champion, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, via unanimous decision on the UFC 194 main card. It was not the most thrilling of bouts, but a strong first round, punctuated by a Romero knockdown, propelled the former Olympic freestyle wrestler to his seventh-straight victory.