Chris Weidman’s next Octagon appearance will be in the light heavyweight division.
The former middleweight champion initially announced his plans on Ariel Helwani’s radio show over the weekend, and he confirmed the decision during a media scrum at UFC 238.
“I’ve had back-to-back surgeries, coming off a loss…my weight’s going kind of high. I’ve accomplished goals at , I’ve had that belt wrapped around me four different times. I really wanted to get it back. I’m not saying the door is completely shut on that idea. I’m not saying I can’t get down to 185, but the weight cuts are tough,” Weidman said.
“I want to see what my body is like without depleting it. I won’t be the biggest 205 pounder that’s for sure. But I don’t think I’ll be the smallest. I think I’ll bring things to the table that will be an issue for a lot of those guys.”
Weidman last appeared at UFC 230, where he suffered a third-round knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza this past November. The Serra-Longo Fight Team member has lost four of his last five bouts at middleweight, with his only victory during that time coming against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on Fox 25 in July 2017. After being hindered my numerous injuries in recent years, Weidman is reportedly targeting October for his next fight.