UFC 194 saw a changing of the guards as two champions fell to give way to new undisputed title holders. The first one to fall was Chris Weidman who defended his middleweight belt against Luke Rockhold in the co-main event. It was his fourth defense of the belt he snatched from Anderson Silva. He was undefeated coming into this match and was widely expected to win given his impressive results thus far. Rockhold, on the other hand, earned the title shot after submitting Lyoto Machida.
Round 1 was fairly even as the men traded kicks, punches and takedowns. Weidman was the early aggressor trying different ways to get the better of his opponent. Rockhold somehow finds ways to answer with counterattacks. Round 2 saw the challenger using his striking ability to the hilt. His powerful kicks and punches rocked the champ a few times with retaliations lacking any bite. The champ tried to go for the clinch to stop the onslaught but he was unsuccessful in making it count. A strike fest followed to the delight of the crowd.
Weidman came out swinging in Round 3 but Rockhold manages to hang on and mount attacks of his own. The crucial point in the match was the challenger’s takedown followed by ground and pound that resulted in blood. By the next round, the punishment had taken its toll and another takedown proved too much to handle. The referee stopped the fight at 3:12. Luke Rockhold TKO’s Chris Weidman in Round 4 to become the new UFC middleweight champion.