Middleweight studs Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman have traded verbal barbs ever since their bout at UFC 194 was announced last month. The reigning middleweight champ has called his opponent "insecure", and Luke Rockhold has fired back with comments about Weidman's low fight IQ.
With three months left until both fighters square off in the Octagon in December, expect the trash talk to intensify. Rockhold is the latest fighter to stoke the fire; the former Strikeforce middleweight champion has vowed to pick Weidman apart "like a little boy", similar to how he disposed of Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 55.
"I'm a competitive person, and a little heated battle builds it up," Rockhold said on MMAJunkie Radio. "It's fun to me. It's a little more motivation for me to train, and I think it's good for the fans too. You saw what happened with Bisping; we built that thing up," Rockhold said. "It was heated, and what happened went down in the cage? I picked him apart like a little boy. And that's what I'm going to do to Weidman."
Oozing with confidence, the AKA fighter wants to have a fun, technical brawl with Weidman at UFC 194, but he isn't prepared to turn his antics up to the level of Nick Diaz.
"I'm not going to go Nick Diaz and lay down on the canvas, but I think it's a show of confidence," he said. "It's the subtleties of the fight. I'm a fighter at heart. I try to be as technical as possible, but I like a good brawl."
Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman will collide for the official middleweight championship at UFC 194 on December 12th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.