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Luke Rockhold not impressed with Chris Weidman, feels he's 'better everywhere'

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Top UFC middleweight contender Luke Rockhold discusses a potential championship fight with Chris Weidman.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Rockhold is not impressed with Chris Weidman's performance. The reigning middleweight champion crushed Vitor Belfort in the opening round of their encounter at UFC 187, but surging contender Luke Rockhold believes the champ fought a deflated, uninspired Belfort. The Brazilian crumpled Rockhold with a spinning head kick back in 2013 at UFC on FX 8, but the former Strikeforce champion doesn't believe the same 'Phenom' entered the Octagon last Saturday night against Chris Weidman. The #1 ranked middleweight contender spoke to Bleacher Report on Wednesday to critique Weidman's performance:

"[Weidman] fought a deflated Belfort. Vitor had no heart. Look at the difference in him when he showed up last week to what we've seen in the past. Chris is a tough guy, but that fight didn't prove anything. Vitor had one burst, and then he was done. He quit," Rockhold said.

With the UFC's optimistic outlook on legalization in New York, Luke Rockhold would welcome a potential rematch with Chris Weidman at Madison Square Garden after he takes the belt from him in Las Vegas:

"I'll beat him in September in Las Vegas, and then we can have a rematch for my belt in Madison Square Garden," Rockhold said.

The AKA standout concluded by explaining why he feels he's the superior mixed martial artist:

"I'm better than him everywhere. I see it as a fight that will be on the feet. He's used to guys that don't want to go to the ground with him, but I don't mind the ground. I am going to control the fight and I'm going to get in his face. I'm not going anywhere. I'm a tactician. I'm a southpaw. Everything matches up perfectly for me."

Luke Rockhold isn't the only top contender to emerge from the 185 lbs. division after defeating Lyoto Machida at UFC on FOX 15, as former Strikeforce competitor 'Jacare' Souza also delivered a championship defining performance when he submitted Chris Camozzi in the co-main event. UFC president Dana White is still undecided as to who will get the next crack at Weidman's title.