Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will return to the octagon at tonight’s UFC 230 event in New York for a fight with former Strikeforce title holder Ronaldo Souza.
If he can score an impressive victory over “Jacare” this evening at Madison Square Garden, Chris Weidman believes that his next fight would surely have to be for the promotions middleweight title.
“When they told me I wouldn’t be getting the title fight, it sucked a little bit, but I’m ready to go out there and prove myself again.”
“The All American” was last seen in action at UFC on FOX 25 in July of 2017, where he scored a third-round submission win over Kelvin Gastelum.
Ironically, it is the aforementioned Kelvin Gastelum who will be receiving the next crack at current UFC middleweight kingpin Robert Whittaker.
After losing to Weidman in July of 2017, Gastelum quickly rebounded by knocking out former title holder Michael Bisping and then out-pointing the aforementioned “Jacare” Souza.
Chris Weidman discussed the newly announced UFC 234: Gastelum vs. Whittaker headliner in a recent interview with MMAWeeekly.
“I actually think Kelvin wins that fight,” Weidman said. “I think he’s kind of a bad matchup for Whittaker. Whittaker’s more of a striker, I don’t see him as extremely dangerous on the feet but he’s extremely tough, durable and he’s got good striking. But Gastelum has the chance to put you out with his hands and he also has the wrestling, at least offensive wrestling, that Whittaker doesn’t really have. I like Gastelum in that fight.”
Weidman believes that he is bound to have a rematch with Kelvin Gastelum, this time with the UFC middleweight title hanging in the balance.
“I’m probably fighting Gastelum,” Weidman predicted. “That’s what I see happening. It’s probably a real reality.”
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