Weidman May Move to Light Heavyweight
Over the last few weeks, the plan for the UFC’s middleweight title scene has become quite clear. Defending champion Michael Bisping will make his next defense in November at UFC 217, the UFC’s second-ever event in New York City. The winner of that bout will then defend against interim champion Robert Whittaker when Whittaker recovers from injury.
But this situation leaves former champion Chris Weidman disappointed. Following Weidman’s main event win against Kelvin Gastelum — in a July UFC on Fox main event in Long Island, New York — Weidman called out Bisping on Twitter, and the two had a small exchange on the social media site.
Now, however, Weidman is guaranteed no title shot for a little while, and that leaves him exploring other options — including a possible jump to 205.
“My goal is to be the champ and there’s no way of me getting to have the belt for two years or more just based on other people taking their time with taking fights,” Weidman said. “It’s a weird place to be, it’s not interesting. I mean, if 185 doesn’t like, things don’t change, I want to maybe think about possibly going to 205. So we’ll see.”
In addition to not being guaranteed a title shot for some time, another possible reason for the jump may have to do with Weidman’s fellow light heavyweight competitors. Weidman, who is currently ranked fifth in the UFC’s middleweight rankings, has done battle with most of the top contenders in the division already, including Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold. He has not faced Jacare Souza, however, nor champion Bisping or interim champion Whittaker. Weidman has also faced the man ranked under him twice — Anderson Silva.
But Weidman has made it clear — he will be ready to go the split second Bisping or GSP are unable to compete.
UFC 217 is scheduled for November 4th, at Madison Square Garden.
Original story: Bloody Elbow