Keyboard Kimura: Nobody gets pretty-boy Rockhold, however UFC middleweight champ doesn't care


The factors behind Weidman’s frustrations are the exact same as everyone else who appears to have an issue with the American Kickboxing Academy product, including Michael Bisping, who subs in for the injured Weidman Saturday at UFC 199 in the hope of making Rockhold’s rule a brief one.

The champion is hyper-confident and usually sports a mischievous laugh that rubs opponents the wrong method. He’s good-looking, single and maximizes his down time, browsing, going to sporting events and doing the important things most single, attractive 31-year-olds would perform in their downtime. And it frustrates the hell from his middleweight contemporaries, because exactly what they see doesn’t match up with their vision of exactly what a champion looks like or how a champ performs himself.

I love it because that’s what all these (curse deleted) believe, said Rockhold, talking with The Province simply days prior to leaving for Los Angeles, where he’ll safeguard his middleweight title for the first time on Saturday. People can look at me and ignore me from a bit of way of life that I live, however they put on to see when I put myself into a black hole and train my ass off every day and all the I do behind closed doors.

While Rockhold’s climb to the top of the division may feel fast to some, a quick scan of his qualifications shows he s been working toward this point for several years, which the self-confidence that rubs numerous the incorrect method is well earned.

He won a gold medal at the World Jiu Jitsu Championships as a blue belt in 2007, the very same year he made his preliminary venture into blended martial arts. After developing himself as one of the top emerging skills in the department, he returned from a 19-month layoff to beat Ronaldo Jacare Souza for the Strikeforce middleweight title, safeguarding it two times before the doors of the company were shuttered for good.

Over the last 8 years, the lone acne on his record is a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Belfort in his UFC launching, which came when Belfort was battling specifically in his native Brazil and dropping everyone with head kicks. Ever since, Rockhold’s rattled off five consecutive stoppage wins, including a second-round submission finish of Bisping the first time they met.

And now that he’s starting to look into the rematch waters, the UFC middleweight champion is set on making certain none of his previous challengers are inclined to come back for thirds.

This is my very first rematch and most all of them are going to be rematches because I already beat everybody, said Rockhold of Saturday’s champion clash with Bisping. So I’m thrilled to go out there and see how these individuals react after I beat them two times. I put on t believe they’re going to desire a lot more after that.

It’s not about the number, it’s not about the time, he said when asked how he determines success the 2nd time around with a challenger. It’s about the efficiency. It’s about the surface and it’s about being flawless. I wear t wish to give these men anything and I don t expect to provide anything in this battle, simply as I didn’t expect to give anything to Chris Weidman.