Chris Weidman has offered some choice words about the reign of Michael Bisping in the last year or so, but now that the former middleweight champ has ended his losing skid, the “All-American” is targeting the champ once again.
If you watched last night’s UFC on FOX 25 card, then you saw Weidman submit Kelvin Gastelum in round three, with a beautifully timed arm-triangle-choke. Weidman was floored early on in the fight, but he managed to recover, turned to his wrestling, and ruled the day.
Well, immediately after his win, Weidman let it be known in the Octagon that he wants to fight Bisping. Then, during the post-fight presser, the New York fighter had this to say about the UFC’s middleweight champ (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I want what the people want,” Weidman said. “I know I’m the best in the world. Bisping has been running. He did a great job, he got the belt when I gave him the opportunity to get the belt. Before that, he never even had an opportunity to fight for the belt. I gave him that shot, and since then he hasn’t fought anybody that was a No. 1 contender. He’s been running, he’s got injuries, I don’t know what he’s doing.
“I’m the champ. I’m the best guy in the world, and I think people know that. And if Bisping grows some balls, that fight will happen. I know (interim champion Robert) Whittaker just did a great job winning the interim belt, but I think he’s hurt, he’s got knee surgery. I’m available, I’m ready to go. We’ll see what happens.”
There’s no question that a lot of folks would like to see Bisping and Weidman fight. Further, because Whittaker is likely out until 2018, it’s not clear yet what’s next for Bisping.
But, it would be kind of surprising if the UFC tapped Weidman for a title shot. After all, prior to facing Gastelum, Weidman had dropped three in a row. If the UFC decides to have Bisping fight, while Whittaker’s recovering, one would think it will be Georges St-Pierre they call.