Most fans are familiar with Chris Weidman’s history of chronic injuries, but never in quite so up-close-and-personal a manner as they are now.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion (14-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) revealed in his Instagram stories (LINK) that he had unexpected neck surgery on Wednesday and while he didn’t provide a lot of details, the former champ said the procedure was “disc replacement surgery.”
“Kind of an unexpected neck surgery yesterday,” Weidman wrote. “Explain soon, but I’m all good, and I’ll be healthy soon.”
Weidman shared some graphic images along with video where he removed a drain from his neck. Weidman was in attendance just last Saturday night in Brooklyn for what was the UFC’s first-ever event on ESPN. The New York native was accompanied by his teammates Al Iaquinta, Aljamain Sterling and Gian Villante.
Weidman, had previously spent an extended period on the sidelines after struggling to overcome a thumb injury he suffered in his win against Kelvin Gastelum in July 2017. The 34-year-old finally returned to the Octagon at UFC 230 in November last year against grappling ace Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. After getting the better of the Brazilian in the opening rounds he was caught in the third and knocked out. The loss meant Weidman is 1-4 in his last five fights in the UFC.