Chris Weidman targeting return near the end of 2022: “Don’t give up on your dreams”

Chris Weidman

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman isn’t ready to call it quits yet.

The 38-year-old has been out of the cage since his rematch with Uriah Hall at UFC 261 last April. While their first matchup in 2010 ended in a knockout victory for Weidman, their second encounter ended in a catastrophe.

Seconds into the contest, the former UFC middleweight champion threw a kick that was checked. Instantly, Weidman’s right fibula and tibia were shattered. The injury handed him a TKO loss, his sixth defeat in his last eight contests.

Nonetheless, Chris Weidman never seemed interested in retirement despite the setback. The 38-year-old commented after the injury that he would return to the cage one day. Over the following months, Weidman released videos of himself doing light training.

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Now, the former UFC middleweight champion has confirmed that he will return to the cage. In an interview with The Schmo, Chris Weidman gave a rough timeline for his return. He also added that an ESPN documentary is being made about his return.

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“I plan on coming back, probably late fall, early winter it seems like. You know, it’s been tons and tons of ups and downs throughout the process, and I haven’t been able to really share with anybody because ESPN’s doing a documentary on me, a big E60 story. So they have the rights to my story. So, I really can’t show what I’ve been going through, which is tons of low points and some high points. I’m excited for them to show that story.” (h/t MMANews)

Chris Weidman continued, “They’re gonna market it as one of the worst injuries of all time, and [I’ll] just be able to tell that story from beginning to end, and then come back and get a big W in front of the world; help inspire people and let people know, don’t give up on your dreams. Whatever setbacks you have, you can overcome them. Never back down, baby.”

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