Weidman Eyes Light Heavyweight Title Run

Chris Weidman returns to his home state, as the Long Island native faces Jacare Souza in the co-main event of UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden.

Weidman was originally scheduled to face fellow former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in a rematch of their 2015 fight, but now Weidman is more focused getting the middleweight title back and then move up to 205 pounds.

“My goal right now is to win the middleweight championship back, defend that a few times and then head up to 205 and win some belts up there as well,” Weidman told UFC.com

Weidman has been battling injuries over the past few years, and nearly pondered retirement heading into his most recent fight in 2017 against Kelvin Gastelum.

“Going into that fight, I’m coming off three losses and it doesn’t look good when you’re in that situation,” Weidman said. “You have a lot of pressure on you, and especially to have it in your hometown in the main event, the pressure was on. But I knew what I was capable of and I just wanted to go out there, relax and move forward, put pressure on and just fight. And that’s what I did.”

Weidman, a huge advocate of the legalization of MMA in New York State, is supremely excited to fight once again at home.

“I’m guessing that the crowd’s gonna go even harder this time,” Weidman said. “I’m sure the crowd’s gonna have my back, and I’m gonna make them proud. It’s gonna be fun.”

“Four fights in a row in New York and this is going to be the best ever.”

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