Chris Weidman is on track to return when the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its New York debut at Madison Square Garden late this year, and he has a pretty good idea of who his opponent should be.
“Hey [Michael Bisping], was it a little easier saying my name before the opportunity of fighting me came? I don’t hear you now,” Weidman wrote on Instagram. “I’m sorted out, bum. Let’s try to see you shut me up Nov. 12 on the biggest stage in the world. The fairytale is over soon, believe you me.”
After losing the middleweight title to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194, Weidman was supposed to face Rockhold in a rematch at UFC 199 this past Saturday. The Serra-Longo Fight Team product was forced to withdraw from the contest to undergo surgery for a herniated disc in his neck, and Bisping stepped in on short notice and knocked out Rockhold in the opening stanza to claim 185-pound gold.
According to a report from MMAFighting.com, Weidman underwent surgery on Wednesday and hopes to begin “hard MMA sparring” in six weeks. Weidman previously targeted UFC 205 in New York for his return after revealing the full extent of his injury last month.
Before his loss to Rockhold in December, Weidman won his first 13 professional bouts. He captured the middleweight crown with an upset of long-reigning champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and defended the title in subsequent bouts against Silva, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort.
UFC 205 takes place on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York. No matchups have been announced for the event.