“It was just underestimating Bisping. It wasn’t anything to do with my knee. Underestimated and over-committed with my jab. It was stupid, I just didn’t really feel like he had anything for me. I should’ve just been the guy I should be. I got caught. I just didn’t see him having anything for me and I just over-committed… It’s not about hitting hard, it’s about hitting in the right spot and in the right moment. I reached in with a jab and I faded out with my chin wide open and he lunged in and caught me on the tip of the chin. So, I felt I was gonna control the fight but he caught me… I’d love nothing more than a rematch. I’d love nothing more than to get my belt back.”
-Luke Rockhold reacts to his loss to Michael Bipsing at UFC 199 in a backstage interview with the UFC’s Megan Olivi (transcribed by BloodyElbow.com).
Penick’s Analysis: Rockhold has absolutely no one to blame for what happened last night than himself. He fought with a complete disregard for anything that Bisping could do to him, and was far too confident that Bisping didn’t have the power to stop him. He was proven wrong in the worst way possible, and suddenly what seemed like a potentially lengthy title reign is over before it begins. That was a stunning result, and Bisping’s counter techniques and completely underappreciated power were able to take advantage of Rockhold’s disrespectful approach.
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