Weidman Claims He’s Stylebender’s Nightmare
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is still on the mend following knee and neck surgery, but isn’t afraid to throw a little shade at interim champion Israel Adesanya.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani, Weidman gave Adesanya some props for his fight with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, but told the ESPN reporter that he’d be a “nightmare” for the former kickboxer.
“Look, people were going nuts on Israel. He’s a very talented guy, he’s got great standup and now I know that he is super tough after that last fight. Before he fought Anderson Silva, he fought Derek Brunson, he fought Silva who is 44 and is known as a standup guy, which is a perfect matchup for him. It was a very close fight,” said the Long Island native.
“At that point people were talking about him like he’s the next best thing, and at that point I just thought he was overrated and he hadn’t been able to prove himself yet. He hasn’t gone against a top wrestler, hadn’t fought guys in the top five. I just felt people were getting ahead of themselves. But that was it,” he explained.
“I’m a fan of the guy, I like watching him fight and I would love to fight him. I think I’m a nightmare matchup for him if you look on paper, just based on the paper with my wrestling and my jiu-jitsu. With my size, I think I will be a real problem for him,” he added.
“But I think the guy is awesome, I wasn’t trying to put him down, I was just being realistic in the situation because he hadn’t fought a top five guy yet up until Kelvin.
Weidman has lost four of his last five fights, including his last against Ronaldo Souza at UFC 230, where the “All American” was knocked out. He expects to return later this year, possibly around international fight week in July.
Quotes Via MMA Mania