Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold, UFC 194, 12 December 2015
Fight of the Night
The first championship fight of UFC 194 saw a very competitive and well deserved “fight of the night” for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
What intrigued me most about Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold, was how Luke Rockhold was selling and promoting the fight. Leading up to and through the press interviews, Luke said that his momentum could not be stopped, that his fighting abilities were highly underestimated, and that he was on an entirely higher level compared to Chris Weidman.
I admit that I prescribed a “Brad Pitt Syndrome” to Luke Rockhold – that he was too good looking to be actually good at his craft. Luke has fought some tough competition before but I never considered the middleweight division to be that competitive in the first place.
Luke Rockhold is a fighter I just love to hate. For no good reason. Maybe because he’s too good looking. But Luke Rockhold is legit.
Luke Rockhold just signed a new 8 fight deal with the UFC. According to Fight Matrix rankings as of 20 November 2014, he is currently 6 best in the world right behind Ronalda Jacare Souza and Anderson Silva. But why is it that for some reason I don’t think that Luke deserves to be there?
He’s one of those fighters that I just love to hate. And for no good reason. I mean for goodness sake, he was the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion! He’s a good fighter! But I just love to hate him. Like Jon Jones. Not sure why I don’t like Jon Jones either. Possibly one of the best Light Heavyweight fighters in MMA history and possibly the best Light Heavyweight Champion in UFC history. Him and Luke Rockhold. Love to hate them, don’t know why.
MMA media continuously tells me that Luke Rockhold is too good looking for MMA. And I’m starting to think, or convince myself, the reason why I don’t like him is because I’m jealous of his devilish good looks. Perhaps it’s because he suffers from the Brad Pitt syndrome. Not the syndrome where he can’t recognize faces. The syndrome where he was too good looking for people to accept that he was actually a really good actor. Even for this post I was thinking of putting up a Luke Rockhold weigh-in picture. But decided to replace it with a picture of him getting knocked out.
Despite fans like me, Luke Rockhold has put in his time, his work, and his sacrifices to be a top MMA fighter. He is able to set aside the benefits of being pretty and even continuously puts his physical appearance and well-being to the test in the cage. That’s worth something. Luke Rockhold is legit. Luke Rockhold deserves to be in the top 10 middleweight ranking. The UFC middleweight division is getting interesting and it’s great Luke Rockhold has his new deal ’cause I want to see him get beat.