When Chris Weidman got injured and Michael Bisping took his spot in the middleweight title fight at this Saturday's UFC 199, many believed Bisping would be the easier task for champion Luke Rockhold. But Rockhold, who has talked trash back-and-forth with Bisping since the fight got announced, surprisingly has a different opinion on the matter.
"I think [Weidman] might have been easier," he said on the latest episode of The MMA Hour (Transcription via MMA Fighting). "Weidman kind of fights ugly and fights with his balls. Comes forward and might get a little sloppy. I'd pick him off fairly early.
"Weidman just kind of fights like an idiot," Rockhold continued. "He just f*cking runs forward and exposes himself and kind of overcommits and relies on his toughness. Bisping tries to make it more tactical and I enjoy that, that process of finding my shots and outdoing him, outsmarting him in the cage and putting him away."
Rockhold has won the title from Weidman at UFC 194 in December. He capitalized on a missed spinning kick from Weidman, took him down and dominated him from there on to a TKO finish. To earn his title shot, Rockhold also went through Bisping, who he beat via a second-round guillotine choke in November 2014.
"I think they're both in the same department," Rockhold said of Weidman and Bisping. "I think I'd finish the fights in similar fashion."
UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping takes place in Inglewood, California on June 4th.