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Weidman 'more like a 170-pounder', has only 7lbs to cut for UFC 194

The UFC middleweight champion explains how he's kept himself lean in preparation for Luke Rockhold at UFC 194.

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To maintain his spot at the top of the middleweight throne, UFC champion Chris Weidman is always looking to be one step ahead of his opponents.

For his past two title defenses, "The All-American" hired a new nutritionist to help keep the weight down in between fights. Weidman says the investment has paid off, as he now has only around 7 lbs. to cut two weeks out from his championship showdown with Luke Rockhold at UFC 194.

The Serra-Longo product spoke to MMAJunkie Radio on Wednesday.

"I'm more like a 170-pounder," Weidman said. "I weigh like 192, 193 (pounds) in the morning. I've got my weight down really low for this one. I really didn't get out of shape between fights, and it kept my weight down low. I've been just living a healthy lifestyle. I don't drink anymore, so I think that keeps the weight down, too."

Weidman, who recently celebrated Thanksgiving with his family, had to eat a separate dish in preparation for UFC 194. While the 50 guests were helping themselves to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, Weidman says the sacrifice will be worth it come fight night.

"I don't mind making sacrifices," he said. "I've missed Christmases and Thanksgivings from my wrestling days to my fighting days. It's part of the sport, and it motivates me."

Since 2013, Weidman has faced only Brazilian opponents, toppling Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort on his championship journey. The 31-year-old will face fellow American and former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold in the co-main event at UFC 194 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.