Following his second, consecutive, stoppage defeat, there’s been some talk as to whether Chris Weidman might consider a move to light-heavyweight, but clearly the middleweight’s focused on regaining the 185 belt.
Weidman is coming off a gruesome, stoppage loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 205 earlier this month, who caught the “All-American” with a vicious flying knee in round three. Weidman was fighting for the first time since last December, when he lost the middleweight title to Luke Rockhold, via a fourth round TKO.
Since Weidman has talked about fighting at 205 in the past, and because the middleweight division is stacked with contenders, there’s been speculation as to whether the New York fighter might consider moving to light-heavyweight now. But, while appearing on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, Weidman had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I could walk around at like 215 (pounds). That’s kind of where I’m walking around right now, but a lot of these guys are walking around 230, so I would need a little time to go up. But to be honest with you, I really do feel like I’m the best in the world at middleweight,” Weidman said. “And my last two fights I haven’t shown it, so my words don’t mean anything. But me and my coaches and people around me believe in that.
“There’s definitely some contenders (ahead of me), but I feel like one or two, possibly three — I don’t know how many wins it will take (to get back into title contention), but I want to do it fast though…”
Fair enough. While Weidman will need to go through the likes of Gegard Mousasi, Luke Rockhold and “Jacare” Souza to get to a title shot at 185, 205 also has dudes like Ryan Bader, Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira waiting. That doesn’t include the champ Daniel Cormier. So, ya, that’s not a cakewalk either.