A lot of people believe Chris Weidman’s wrestling will play a pivotal role in his upcoming bout with Luke Rockhold, but the latter insists it won’t.

Weidman and Rockhold will throw down at UFC 194 on December 12th, in what is one of the most anticipated fights this year. After all, in Rockhold you have one of the most dangerous finishers in the game, standing or on the groud. In Weidman, you have a middleweight champ, who is a threat with his fists and possesses one of the nastiest top games around.

While Weidman has repeatedly said he’s not intimidated by Rockhold’s striking, the consensus is he’ll need to take the fight down in order to win. According to Rockhold, however, that’s going to be very, very difficult.

During a recent media call to promote the fight, Rockhold had this to say about the wrestling aspect of the fight (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

 “I just got done sparring Daniel Cormier,” Rockhold said. “I’ve been sparring Cain (Velasquez) and Cormier my whole career, basically, so I’m very used to the bigger, better wrestlers of the UFC and beyond. (They are) the best guys in the game and much bigger (than Weidman), so I’m used to the pressure.

“Weidman has to think twice if he thinks his wrestling is going to dictate where the fight takes place, because I deal with that s**t every day.”

There’s no doubt that Rockhold trains with two of the best wrestlers in the sport, and his wrestling does tend to get overlooked. The question is, however, whether he’ll be able to repeatedly counter Weidman’s takedowns in the midst of a five round fight. If he can, then things could get really interesting for the champ.