Love this fight, and I love Machida, so let's just throw the bias out the window. But, I see this fight happening slightly similar to the Weidman fight. Rockhold, like Weidman, has excellent distance control while applying pressure, as noted by the Phillippou knockout and throughout the Bisping fight. Machida has been known to do the same, but Rockhold, like Weidman (although not so much) will threat the takedown. Another aspect of the Weidman fight which bothered Machida What Rockhold does better than Weidman while applying pressure from a distance is utilizing his kicks, another aspect that puzzled Machida throughout the Weidman fight. However, I believe Machida will have more success in pocket exchanges against Rockhold, which makes this an awesome fight. Ultimately, I go with Rockhold via UD.