Following Chris Weidman’s stoppage win over Vitor Belfort at UFC 187, the middleweight champ called on his critics to “stop doubting” his abilities. Well, if you’re still not on board–for some odd reason–with the notion that Weidman’s one of the planet’s very best fighters, perhaps Dana White can convince you.
The win on May 23rd was Weidman’s 13th straight, and since he took out Anderson Silva in 2013 to become champ, the “All American” has defeated Silva again, Lyoto Machida and now Belfort. To date, Weidman has gone 9-0 in the UFC…
Not too shabby right? In a recent interview with UFC.com, here is what White had to say about Weidman and what he’s accomplished to date.
“He’s on a Jon Jones-type run right now in the 185-pound division,” White said. “The thing is with Jon Jones is that he went four years taking out all the best 205-pounders in the world. Weidman is beating straight killers right now.”
Now sure, Weidman hasn’t defended the belt eight times like Jones did, but if he can get through the likes of Luke Rockhold, “Jacare” Souza, Yoel Romero etc, he’ll have quite the legacy going.
And in terms of Weidman’s doubters? White had this to say:
“It takes time,” White said. “You look at Anderson Silva and how long it took for him to even resonate. He really blew up after he beat Vitor, so maybe Vitor is the launching pad for all these guys.”
That’s an interesting point. Belfort may have a lot of critics, but he has also has a huge fanbase.
All this aside, the middleweight division certainly has some massive fights on the horizon. Good times right?