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Chris Weidman bent on making sure everyone knows his loss to Luke Rockhold was a ‘fluke’

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Chris Weidman didn’t want to talk about it. He avoided mentioning it right after the fight.

In recent weeks, though, news has leaked that Weidman had a significantly broken foot going into his fight with Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 in December. The last thing he wants is people saying he’s making an excuse, but he’s not going to lie about it if asked.

“I say these things, because they came out,” Weidman told MMA Fighting in a recent interview. “It’s a fact. There’s no excuses.”

Weidman (13-1) lost the middleweight title to Rockhold by fourth-round submission in that bout. The Long Island native said he broke his foot in two places about six weeks before the fight and also needed surgery after the fight to remove bone spurs from his elbow. With that knowledge, Weidman still did not want to withdraw from the bout.

“I knew what I was getting myself into, but I still thought I could go out there and beat him,” Weidman said. “Even with that stuff. And he proved that I was wrong. He came out to fight. He was better than me that night.”

Weidman will get a chance at retribution when he faces Rockhold in a rematch in the main event of UFC 199 on June 4 in Los Angeles. The former champ is recovered and back to training. He said he’s already in shape three months out of the clash and more motivated than ever to get back what he believes is his.

“I know what I’m capable of,” Weidman said. “I know my potential and I know I wasn’t close to it. The fact that because of what I’ve accomplished in the past gives me the opportunity to get a rematch is a great situation to be in. In most situations, people don’t ….View full article

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