Chris Weidman Currently -165 To Beat Luke Rockhold

Published on August 17th, 2015 7:32 pm EST

Late last week, the UFC revealed that Chris Weidman will be looking to make his next Middleweight title defense against Luke Rockhold in the co-main event of UFC 194: McGregor vs Aldo.

Chris Weidman is coming off of a first-round victory over Vitor Belfort, while Luke Rockhold is coming off of an extremely impressive 2nd round win over former Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. By virtue of the strength of his victory over Machida, Rockhold vaulted into the #1 contender position.

The Weidman/Rockhold fight is seen as the most compelling Middleweight title fight that the UFC can put on right now, and the odds would certainly lend credence to that theory. Here are the current betting odds for the fight:

Chris Weidman, -165
Luke Rockhold, +135

According to these odds, Chris Weidman has about a 62.11% chance of winning the fight, while Rockhold has a 42.55% chance of winning.

This fight is so compelling because of Luke Rockhold's strength and grappling skills. Rockhold is extremely hard to push around in the Octagon, and Weidman is likely going to have a very hard time taking the former Strikeforce champion to the ground. If the fight does go to the ground, Rockhold is a decorated black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - as a matter of fact, Rockhold is likely one of the top grapplers in the Middleweight division.

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Luke Rockhold is currently in the midst of a four-fight winning streak that includes wins over Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, Tim Boetsch and Costa Philippou.

Chris Weidman, on the other hand, is still undefeated with a 13-0 record, having beaten the likes of Anderson Silva (twice), Vitor Belfort and Mark Munoz.

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This should be a fantastic fight and will only serve to bolster an already stacked card that includes Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor in the main event.


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