Chris Weidman Plans Return to Middleweight, Hopes for April UFC Fight

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 10, 2020

Chris Weidman is returning to the division where he once captured UFC gold.

“The All-American” announced on social media that he is dropping back down to 185 pounds and hopes to be booked for a bout in April. The former champion made a brief foray at light heavyweight, falling to Dominick Reyes via first-round knockout in the UFC on ESPN 6 headliner on Oct. 18.

“I’ve been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in my fight career. I really love what I do, and I believe I still have some great moments ahead of me!” Weidman wrote on Instagram. “Can’t wait to shut up all the haters! To all the people that have supported me through the ups and the downs, I appreciate it more than you know. I am more motivated than ever and I know the future is bright. Hopefully getting a fight booked around April back in the MW division!”

The 35-year-old Serra-Longo Fight Team representative has lost five of his last six Octagon appearances dating back to December 2015, with all of those defeats coming via knockout or technical knockout.

Weidman began his professional career with 13 consecutive victories. He captured the middleweight belt in a surprising first-round KO of Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and would go on to defend the crown in wins over Silva, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. He relinquished the title in a fourth-round TKO defeat to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194, a loss that began his ongoing slump.


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