Tidligere mellomvektsmester Chris Weidman tapte beltet sitt mot Luke Rockhold under UFC 194.
Weidman har nå uttalt at han er takknemlig for tapet mot Rockhold. Tapet var karrierens første for Weidman.
Weidman sa følgende på The MMA Hour:
The way I felt after the loss was, by far, the most surreal feeling I’ve ever felt. It felt like a bad dream, that I just wanted go back to sleep and just… make it not happen again. It felt like a bad dream, so it’s definitely been a surreal thing. But emotionally and mentally now, I feel like I’m in a way better place than I’ve ever been.
It was just a great experience for me. I could play back a million things in that fight I could’ve done differently, but I’m really happy I lost. I feel like if I would’ve won that fight, if I would’ve somehow figured a way to beat him up, I wouldn’t have the opportunity that I have now to grow as a fighter and truly reach my potential.
Now I feel like I have the freedom to change things that I’ve wanted to change for years. You don’t want to fix things that aren’t broken, so that kind of stops you from make changes. But now I feel more free than I’ve ever felt to change the things and do things that I wanted to do without feeling like I’m cursing myself, so I feel great.
I’m real excited about the future. I feel like it’s just going to create a whole different monster inside of me, and I’m excited to go out there and fight again.