Chris Weidman suffered a devastating defeat against Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza this past weekend at UFC 230. The to-and-fro fight saw Souza come out on top in the third round via Knockout. Weidman is now 14-4 in his career and was coming off a one-year layoff when he fought Souza. Prior to this, he had defeated Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on Fox 25 via an arm-triangle choke submission.
However, prior to the Gastelum win, he was on a three-fight losing streak and now there are talks about him moving up to light heavyweight and his coach Ray Longo also saying the same stuff.
“I really did think the weight cut went really well, but who knows?” Longo said on the most recent edition of “The Anik & Florian podcast.” “The brain is the last place to get the fluid when you rehydrate, so again, maybe 205’s a better fit because I don’t see this ever happening in the gym. Ever. So maybe 205 might be a place where he comes in stronger, more coherent. All (of) those things.”
Losing to Souza has put Weidman in a terrible position as he planned to fight the winner of Gastelum vs Whittaker next.
“This is a pretty big setback,” Longo said. “With a win over ‘Jacare,’ he was looking good. He already had beat Gastelum and I think that’s always going to be a great matchup for Chris. Whittaker would have been the tougher fight but I actually think Gastelum is going to beat Whittaker, so I think he was looking good.”
What do you think should be next for Chris Weidman?