“What’s Next With Wayne” Chris “All American” Weidman
Article courtesy of Wayne Carl of NickPortellaMMA.com and MMA Freaks
Chris “All American” Weidman was at one stage in his career an undisputed, undefeated UFC Middleweight Champion. With a fight resume filled with the most skilled and talented killers the UFC could throw at him, Weidman would dispatch those challenges with elite MMA wrestling, underrated stand up and a huge desire to win. With two unique victories over the once considered greatest of all time Anderson Silva (a win is a win), alongside standout career-defining wins over the likes of Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida, Mark Munoz and Demian Maia. Chris Weidman was in every pound for pound top 10 discussion and list.
An in-explicit wheel kick attempt during an even fight against Luke Rockhold would change the direction of the title fight. Luke Rockhold would take advantage and full control using his strong ground and pound to stop Weidman and take his ‘0’. The “All American” had lost his coveted title. A chance at redemption against Yoel Romero and Weidman was fighting well when a knee from hell slammed into his head and a second straight loss would now be on his record. The challenges didn’t get any easier as the UFC paired him up against the tough and very talented Gegard Mousasi. Another close fight with Weidman again looking good before it was stopped due to what Weidman thought were illegal knees. The referee and officials did not see it that way and 3 straight losses now sit on his record.
After a tough fought third-round submission win over underrated Kelvin Gastelum, Weidman will now reset his career and get back to title contention. Weidman and his team just need to get his body right and look toward options that await. What options would take Chris Weidman back to the promised land of title contention?
There are plenty, let’s explore a few!
A rematch with Luke Rockhold
A fight that would not only fast-track him back into title contention but would also present a chance to redeem himself against his greatest rival. The only issue for this fight would be a pending move to 205 for Luke Rockhold.
Michael Bispings retirement opponent
Everyone wants to fight Michael Bisping at the moment. He is one middleweight fighter of note that hasn’t shared the octagon with Weidman. In my opinion, I don’t think Michael Bisping would enjoy this matchup.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (if he wins against Kelvin Gastelum)
With the championship fight between Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero set for Chicago in June, if Jacare can dispense of Kelvin Gastelum quick enough it could open up a fight for next in line.
Derek is a fighter with all the talent in the world but would be a perfect fight for Weidman. Weidman’s stand up is more technical and I’m sure his team of Longo and Serra would have a game plan to execute a win. The only issue I see with this match-up is does it advance Weidman’s position in the rankings?
Test the water at 205 with a fight against Jimi Manuwa
Chris Weidman is big enough to test the water in the 205 division. A toe in the water against a striker like Jimi Manuwa could be the perfect start. In my opinion, this move isn’t on radar just yet as Weidman has some unfinished business at 185.
Bellator vs Alexander Shlemenko
If Chris Weidman decided his future was in another organization I’m more than comfortable he would handle all that is over at Bellator. Think Alexander Shlemenko vs Chris Weidman, I’d have my money on the “All American” every day of the week. I don’t see this as a viable option as Weidman is a company man that the UFC would loathe to have joined the ranks of Bellator.
Whatever the future holds hopefully a clear run of injury will allow Chris Weidman an opportunity to prove he is still in the elite echelon of mixed martial arts.