Weidman waiting for win over Silva to sign new contract

by John Morgan |

It is pretty common for most UFC athletes to sign a new contract with the organization before their first big title fight. A new contract usually comes with a pay raise for being the number one contender and outlines his pay structure going forward as champion, should he win.

Chris Weidman on the other hand is confident in his ability to win and will wait after his title bout with Anderson Silva before signing a new contract. The move is risky: If he loses he may not get the same kind of pay day he would have in the title, but if he wins he's a strong negotiation position as the UFC champion. Weidman elaborated on his decision to MMAJunkie Radio:

"I think we're just going to keep the contract," Weidman told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I'm definitely OK with making what I was making. I think I was making $24,000 (to show) and $24,000 (to win). I want to do that because then after I beat Anderson like I plan on doing, then obviously the contract will jump up more than if I was to rip up the contract now. I'm ready to put all my eggs in one basket and put my money where my mouth is."

It's a bold statement for the 28-year-old New Yorker. After all, with just nine career bouts to his name, Weidman's critics have wondered whether or not he's even deserving of a chance to step in the cage with the sport's top pound-for-pound fighter. But Weidman believes he's made each of those nine appearances count, taking on the biggest challenges available at each step along the way.

"People say I don't have that many fights, which is true, but I've never had an easy fight," Weidman said. "Even when I was in Ring of Combat, we always wanted to get the best guys because I wanted to get that experience. Guys like Uriah Hall, who's coming up 'The Ultimate Fighter,' I fought that guy in my third fight.

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Matrixkick site profile image  

7/7/13 1:22 AM by Matrixkick


HolyHackZack site profile image  

7/7/13 1:21 AM by HolyHackZack

Time for that Anderson Silva money

Bisping decisioned my SN site profile image  

3/29/13 4:35 AM by Bisping decisioned my SN

People never learn. Styles make fights. Weidman is going to clown silva

MITman2k site profile image  

3/28/13 7:49 PM by MITman2k

  An Interesting point. Has the 'clause' been challenged in open court in the past? It will be interesting if it is contested and ruled upon at some point in the future.  

The Last Emperor site profile image  

3/28/13 7:28 PM by The Last Emperor

He'll finish Silva, then take his new contract.

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

3/28/13 3:12 PM by Brian J DSouza

This is the only chance UFC fighters really have to get higher pay, so props to him. Those saying he should sign the current contract for a small raise-- he could get cut for losing to Anderson and one or two other fights after that anyways. If he negotiates a better contract, he has to fight 2-10x less to earn the same money.

Cyril Jeff site profile image  

3/28/13 2:01 PM by Cyril Jeff

  he'll sign a new deal before the fight, and this statement will probably get him another $50-100K, brilliant move Mr. Weidman...

KingofBJJ site profile image  

3/28/13 1:58 PM by KingofBJJ

So Weidman is now "Sonnen" right? It could be in his advantage, since Silva has previously implied that Weidman doesn't deserve to be in the same ring with him.

NJstileNJ site profile image  

3/28/13 1:35 PM by NJstileNJ

He must not have very good management

fanaticomma site profile image  

3/28/13 1:28 PM by fanaticomma

A healthy GOAT will toy Weidman or any body else.