Weidman’s two plans: 1. Heal up, 2. Dominate
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman lost three fights in a row via T/KO, and his belt. He rebounded with a submission win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25 on July 22, 2017. Unfortunately, he injured his thumb in the fight, and has undergone multiple surgeries since.
‘The All American’ appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, and expressed complete confidence in a full return to form.
“I have some great fights coming for myself,” said Weidman, as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. for MMA Mania. “I have accomplished a lot, but I am still young in my MMA career, as far as fights. I have a lot of great things coming. I’m not to the point where I am going to start looking back and wishing or saying ‘If I wasn’t injured for that or this, things would be different.’
“I am very blessed in where I am in this sport. I am blessed for everything I have accomplished so far and I am blessed with the abilities that I have. When I speak and say I am the best in the world and have the capability to dominate everybody in my weight class, I really believe that.
“If I give half of my energy to this sport and really didn’t give 100 percent of my mental to this sport, then I could finish my career as a fan favorite; win some, lose some, win some big fights, lose some big fights. But I feel I really have the mentality and the physical abilities to completely dominate my weight class. I have to get back physically first with this hand, and get my mentality where I need to be, and I can run through everybody.”
While Weidman’s remarks could be discounted as New York braggadocio, he is currently the #4 ranked contender:
Robert Whittaker (Champion)
1. Yoel Romero
2. Jacare Souza
3. Luke Rockhold
4. Chris Weidman
5. Kelvin Gastelum
6. Michael Bisping
7. Derek Brunson
8. David Branch
9. Vitor Belfort
10. Brad Tavares