“Obviously, not having the belt has gotten to him. He’s just making up a lot of things in his head, seemingly – I don’t know where he’s coming from. It’s just really emotional. Maybe he’s on his period or something… The man’s lost. He’s like a lost puppy. I feel bad at this point. I don’t even want to hurt him anymore. I’m going to make this one quick and painless. It’s going to be over before he even knows it… It’s going to be quicker, it’s going to be quick, it’s going to be fast, it’s going to be precise, I’m going to go in there, and I’m going to execute him. I want to get this fight over with. He’s a great fighter – but I’m the best.”
Penick’s Analysis: Rockhold didn’t feel like he was at his best in that UFC 194 fight, either, so if he enters UFC 199 in better shape himself he could do exactly what he says here. This is one of the least necessary immediate rematches, but it’s a chance for both fighters to prove their version of the UFC 194 narrative. If Weidman can pull off the victory to force a rubber match, he can call that UFC 194 bout a fluke. If Rockhold can beat him convincingly a second time, perhaps even more impressively than in the first outing, he’ll prove he’s the best in the field.
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