Weidman Says He Should Face Whittaker, Not Romero
Even though he’s been recovering from a thumb injury, Chris Weidman made his presence felt at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.
Weidman, who has been sidelined since July following his win over Kevin Gastelum, watched on as Yoel Romero defeated Luke Rockhold in a fight originally intended for the interim middleweight title, but with Romero not making weight, he was unable to walk away as both winner and new champion.
In a report from MMA Mania, Weidman told reporters that he should be the man to face Whittaker upon his return from injury.”I think it’s good that the division will be less chaotic, less weird, so you’ll have just a straight up champion, no interims,” he told Submission Radio. “As for who should fight Whittaker? I don’t know, I think I should. I just beat – what is Gastelum ranked, top five? He’s ranked fifth? I just finished him, he’s never gotten finished in his career.”
Even though Weidman stated his case and Romero missed weight for his fight with Rockhold, UFC President Dana White confirmed after UFC 221 that Romero is next in line for the title.
Weidman disagreed with the idea of it being Romero, because he suffered his most recent loss to Whittaker at UFC 213, but with both men on the shelf, as Romero was diagnosed with a leg injury, Weidman is still months away from making a return to the Octagon.
”There’s still pain, I’m able to punch decent,” he said regarding his ongoing thumb problems. “But still if I clip the thumb it still hurts. But it’s more the grappling right now, when I go to grab or do any movement I get little sharp pains so I’m not able to squeeze like I’d like.”
”I’m going to go see a doctor in Las Vegas coming up here and get some injections and hopefully speed up the process.”
Original Story: MMA Mania