This past Saturday in the main event of UFC 199, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping squared off for Rockhold’s middleweight title in what was a highly anticipated rematch.
Bisping, who stepped in for Chris Weidman on just 2 weeks notice, managed to capitalize on Rockhold’s overconfidence, and knocked the champ out cold in the first round to capture the UFC middleweight championship after nearly a decade in the UFC.
In the wake of the bout, Rockhold reflected on the bout, and his mindset going into the fight on Instagram:
I love the fight game and all that it offers. It's a chaotic world we live in but the reward far outweighs risk. Allowing the pressure of the situation get to me, I felt the need to preform and make a statement as opposed to staying calculated and winning the fight. I underestimated my opponent and paid for it. Forcing a fight that was unlike me, which left the door open. Credit to Micheal for being the tough guy that he is and capitalizing on the situation. Verbal warfare and fight hype is one thing, but that moment following the outcome of a fight is where a man's true character shines. After our first fight I picked him up off the canvas and gave him his due respect. Bisping went out of his way to come across the cage not to shake my hand like a man but to further mock the situation. I felt it was a classless move on his part. Thus the reason I was so pissed off at the press conference. I don't believe in kicking a man while he's down. I've been here before and I've always learned and grew from these situations. This will be no different. I will go home, heal up, and come back better than ever before. Bisping, I will see you real soon and I will finish this.
Video | Luke Rockhold
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