UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is going under the knife.
Weidman will undergo minor surgery on both of his knees next week, according to a report from Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight.
“He’s in relatively good spirits. He’s been battling knee problems since high school,” Helwani said. “He’s had meniscal tears in both his knees since high school. It’s something he’s been battling throughout his career. About every six months, the left one would get locked up. It just happened twice in the last week and swelled up and has been painful. So he decided get it cleaned up and get a scope of the left knee and while he was at it, he decided to get the right one cleaned out as well, which was operated on in high school. He’s having surgery on Tuesday. They’re anticipating a four-week recovery and don’t expect any problems to be ready for the fight on July 5th.”
The dual injuries forced Weidman to postpone his scheduled title defense against Lyoto Machida, from May 24 at UFC 173, to July 5 at UFC 175, which UFC officials announced earlier this week. A replacement main event for UFC 173 has yet to be named.
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