There is swagger.
And there is Luke Rockhold swagger.
Rockhold (14-2) who will face Chris Weidman for the UFC Middleweight championship December 12 as part of the co-main event of UFC 194, walked around the bowels of the MGM Grand Garden arena this weekend with a swag so high many are starting to call him the uncrowned champion.
Though Weidman (13-0) possesses an undefeated record and has beaten former UFC champions Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort in his last three outings, Rockhold feels strongly he is the man to end Weidman’s reign over the division.
“Everyone has their day and trust me I am the guy who has it all,” a very confident Rockhold said. “It’s a different level of MMA and he’s fought a bunch of tough guys now, but MMA has evolved and he’s fighting a well-rounded guy who can do everything well. I’m not afraid of his wrestling, I’m not worried about his wrestling. I have never been out wrestled in my life, and it’s not about to happened now. I’m going to expose him, and feel I can do other things too.”
Rockhold, who trains with current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the American Kickboxing Academy, also said that by training with champions you become a champion. He didn’t discredit Weidman’s partners or gym, but feels strongly by training at AKA he has the advantage of training with elite athletes that Weidman doesn’t.
The AKA team member is so confident he will get his hand raised at UFC 194 he even has some betting advice for fans.
“If you want to pad your bank account you better get on it early while the odds are a little different,” Rockhold said “Because the odds are going to get a little closer because there are some smart people out there and they are putting their money in the right place.”