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05th Jun 2016

Chris Weidman even caught himself off guard with his eerily accurate predicition of Luke Rockhold’s demise

Nailed it

Ben Kiely

You’ve got to hand it to Chris Weidman, he called it.

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new UFC middleweight champion in town.

After 10 years in the UFC, Michael Bisping was finally granted a title shot and on less than two weeks notice, he dethroned Luke Rockhold in sensational fashion. A big left hook from the clinch caught the now former champion cold and sent him crashing down to the canvas.

Bisping’s fortune only occurred because of the misfortunes of another man – former middleweight king Chris Weidman, who was Rockhold’s original opponent for the event, but was forced to pull out with a serious back injury.

Weidman lost his belt and his pristine professional record when Rockhold ground and pounded him to a bloody pulp in the co-main event of UFC 194. However, Weidman was arguably winning the bout until the course of the fight changed when he threw a horribly-executed spinning back kick that allowed Rockhold to get a takedown and take his back.

The All-American blames his mistake for the loss and allowing Rockhold’s ego to grow to epic proportions. Prior to UFC 199’s main event, he predicted that Rockhold’s demise would stem from this overconfidence.

However, Weidman seemingly thought that Rockhold would lose his belt somewhere down the line, presumably in a rematch against him. His follow-up tweets suggested he was surprised at Bisping’s sensational knockout win over the former champ.


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