If you’re one of the folks who has written Chris Weidman off as a champion, well, the “All American’s” looking forward to proving you wrong on Saturday.
The former middleweight champ will take on fellow contender, Gegard Mousasi, in the co-main event of UFC 210. Weidman is looking to get back on track at the event, as the decorated wrestler is coming off back-to-back, stoppage losses to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero.
Now, considering Weidman’s losses came against a former champ in Rockhold, and a ridiculously dangerous fighter in Romero, it’s not like fans are saying the 32 year-old isn’t one of the best 185’er in the game. Well, at least, not people who understand the finer points of fighting anyway. But, there are certainly some observers who believe that Weidman’s peak may have already occurred.
Well, recently Weidman spoke to FOX Sports, and while doing so, he said this about his critics:
“As much as you don’t want to pay attention you know what people are thinking,” Weidman said. “I love being motivated by doubters. There’s definitely a lot of doubters right now who think I’m done and I’m far from done. It excites me and helps me push during every one of those workouts. Not only to become the best I can be everybody but on top to prove some people wrong, it’s an awesome spot to be in. It’s a great time.”
Fair enough. Weidman went on to say, and rightly so, that he was doing quite well against Romero at UFC 205, until he got caught by a vicious flying knee. So, it’s not like the former champ was dominated by Romero from the opening bell. That’s an important point.
It will be interesting to see how Weidman does against Mousasi, however, who is one of the most well rounded 185’ers on the roster. That said, if Weidman can take Mousasi to the floor, repeatedly, he should return to the win column. Of course, maybe he’ll catch Mousasi early and score a quick stoppage win. Either way, if Weidman is victorious, he’ll be back in the title shot mix.