UFC 187 is over, and as the vast majority of folks expected, Chris Weidman remains the middleweight champion.
Leading up to the fight, most people believe Weidman’s ridiculously good wrestling and top game would take out Vitor Belfort, and that’s exactly what happened. Not until after the champ, however, ate some big punches.
Since the consensus was that Weidman would win on Saturday, leading up to the fight, there was a ton of debate as who the champ would face, post-Belfort. Since Luke Rockhold scored a one sided win over Lyoto Machida in April, many believe the UFC will go with him. But, “Jacare” Souza is also in the mix, thanks to an eight fight winning streak.
While speaking to FOX Sports 1 following his win, here is what Weidman had to say when he was asked whether he’d like to fight Rockhold or “Jacare” next (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“Both of those guys are very good, but I think I’m on another level than both of them and I want to showcase that. I feel like this is just the beginning for me. I’m just starting to show what I have. All I really want to do is fight at MSG in New York.”
Yup. A title fight in MSG would be awesome, and hopefully that becomes a possibility sooner than later. Since Weidman is from New York, it would be a no brainer to have him on that card.
Dana White was asked whether Rockhold will be next for Weidman, and the UFC boss man told FOX Sports the following:
“Luke Rockhold had me cornered on my way here and told he’s ready and wants the fight. He’s first in line. But Jacare’s manager said he was ready to go. We’ll see.”
Either fighter should present a stiff challenge to Weidman, but as noted above, it seems like there’s more buzz behind Rockhold. Souza also scored an impressive win in April, but he was taking on late replacement Chris Camozzi, who he’s defeated before.
Now if the UFC was looking for an all-star fight to assign to an upcoming card in Brazil, well, then Weidman-Souza could materialize?
UFC 187 was hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.