The UFC’s middleweight division has been somewhat unstable ever since former champion, Anderson Silva lost the belt to Chris Weidman. Weidman has been the most dominant middleweight champion since Silva, he held on to the belt for around two and a half years. He then lost the title to Luke Rockhold via TKO due to punches at UFC 194, who later lost the title to Michael Bisping at UFC 199, while “The Count” lost his strap to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217. The division is currently being ruled by Robert Whittaker and Weidman is looking to find his way back into title contention. However, he is apparently currently unsure about his future. “The All-American” recently made an appearance at MMA Junkie radio and revealed that he is still nursing back to fitness and also claimed that he is unsure about his future.
Weidman has a MMA record of 14-3. He is a former NCAA division 1 wrestler and he transitioned into MMA in 2009. He was undefeated for a long while and successfully defended his belt thrice before succumbing against Rockhold. His first title defense came against ‘Spider’ Silva at UFC 168, he then defended his belt against Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 and at UFC 187 against Vitor Belfort. He went through a difficult patch in his career and lost three consecutive fights against Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi. This led to many fans and pundits writing him off. However, he recently got back to winning ways by submitting rising contender, Kelvin Gastelum via an arm-triangle choke at UFC on FOX 25.
The former champion injured his thumb in September last year and is currently getting back to full fitness. He is also widely expected to fight Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza in his next octagon outing. In a recent interview given to MMA Junkie radio, here’s what he had to say about his recovery and about his future:
“I’m hoping in the next six weeks my health will turn around and I can get a couple training sessions in, get confidence in it that I can use it and then get something booked, I would hope something in the early summer, but the injury I had is pretty serious. The surgery, it’s almost like doing the ACL on the hand. They restructured the ligament. They took ligaments from my wrist to create new ligaments in the base of my thumb. Hands, they take a little time to heal. It’s not the quickest body part to get a surgery on. It takes time.
I thought ‘Jacare’ was the one I was going to be fighting, but the hand is taking longer than I wanted it to be, Jacare’ would be great fight for No. 1 contendership. Now that I wasn’t able to take that fight in the time I wanted, I couldn’t commit to it. I don’t know what’s next.
I really don’t know who I would be fighting. Obviously I want to get back to that title fight, and whoever I’ve got to fight to get there, I’m willing to do it.”