Former UFC Champion Believes He Should Be Next For Robert Whittaker

One former UFC champion believes he should be next in line for Robert Whittaker. That fighter is former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, who gave his take on the title picture in the division over the weekend. It’s been well documented by now that…

One former UFC champion believes he should be next in line for Robert Whittaker. That fighter is former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, who gave his take on the title picture in the division over the weekend. It’s been well documented by now that Yoel Romero battled former UFC middleweight champ Luke Rockhold this past […]

Chris Weidman Breaks Down Why He Deserves The Next Title Shot

Top UFC middleweight Yoel Romero couldn’t win the interim title after missing weight for the main event of last night’s (Sat., February 10, 2018) UFC 221 from Perth, Australia, but he put about as big of a statement you could on the bout when he knocked out former champ Luke Rockhold (watch highlights here) in the […]

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Top UFC middleweight Yoel Romero couldn’t win the interim title after missing weight for the main event of last night’s (Sat., February 10, 2018) UFC 221 from Perth, Australia, but he put about as big of a statement you could on the bout when he knocked out former champ Luke Rockhold (watch highlights here) in the third round.

The brutal stoppage came out of nowhere as many of the explosive Cuban wrestling legend’s wins do, as he blasted Rockhold above the ear with a stunning shot before landing an all-out left hand that shut off the AKA fighter’s lights for good.

It was a dominant ending in an otherwise close bout, one that should also earn Romero another shot at currently injured champion Robert Whittaker after UFC president Dana White confirmed he was next for the title shot.

However, one top-ranked former champ thinks he should be next, and he explained why online after the fight. No. 4-ranked Chris Weidman, who was cageside in Perth for the fight last night, revealed a number of reasons why he’s the most deserving contender for the belt:

Weidman is indeed in the top 5, and he racked up three consecutive title defenses during his reign from July 2013-December 2015, much more than the last four champions Rockhold, Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, and Whittaker, can lay claim to with one total title defense combined.

His haters would tell you that Weidman only fought and beat aging Brazilians during his run, and indeed there may be some truth to that. But he also put together a run where he won five post-fight bonuses in six fights. Regardless, MMA is the ultimate what-have-you-done-for-me-lately sport, and Weidman has lost three of his last four bouts including knockouts defeats to Romero and Rockhold.

The 185-pound weight class had been thrown into a relative state of disarray under Bisping’s chaotic – and St-Pierre’s brief – reigns. UFC 221 was supposed to be the night that put it back on course, with Whittaker defending the title against the rightful contender in Rockhold. But Whittaker’s bouts with staph and chickenpox threw a wrench in those gears, and Romero essentially put the division back where it was last July when he faced Whittaker for the interim belt at UFC 213.

Now they’ll reportedly square off for the real belt when both are healed (Romero said he broke his leg from two Rockhold kicks), and it’s almost impossible to envision Weidman getting the next shot.

He is coming off an impressive win over Kelvin Gastelum last summer but is also dealing with a thumb injury of his own. A fight versus No. 3 Jacare Souza, who recently got back on track with a knockout win over Derek Brunson at UFC on FOX 27, is probably the most logical fight for Weidman.

Just don’t expect him to stop calling out for a title shot regardless of how many losses he has recently.

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Chris Weidman: Luke Rockhold is Living in La La Land

Chris Weidman isn’t too fond of Luke Rockhold’s recent comments on the middleweight division. This Saturday night (Feb. 10), Rockhold will do battle with Yoel Romero to determine the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim middleweight…

Chris Weidman isn’t too fond of Luke Rockhold’s recent comments on the middleweight division. This Saturday night (Feb. 10), Rockhold will do battle with Yoel Romero to determine the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim middleweight title holder. Robert Whittaker was scheduled to defend his gold against Rockhold, but was sidelined with a nasty infection. During […]

Former Champ Says Anderson Silva Has ‘Definitely’ Tarnished His Legacy

Last week many longtime MMA fans were disappointed to see that longtime former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was facing some serious drug charges that could end his decorated career. Reported to have failed a USADA drug test for synthetic testosterone and a banned diuretic prior to his scheduled UFC Shanghai headliner against Kelvin Gastelum […]

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Last week many longtime MMA fans were disappointed to see that longtime former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was facing some serious drug charges that could end his decorated career.

Reported to have failed a USADA drug test for synthetic testosterone and a banned diuretic prior to his scheduled UFC Shanghai headliner against Kelvin Gastelum last November, Silva and his team initially claimed a tainted supplement. But with that avenue not working all too well for Silva’s first failed drug test following his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz, his latest and more serious failure could spell the end of the legendary ‘Spider.’

His status as a legend could understandably be brought into question, too, and the man who took Silva’s title at UFC 162 believes it has. Speaking up during a recent interview with MMA Fighting, former UFC champion Chris Weidman offered his opinion that Silva had already tarnished his historic legacy:

“Yeah, it definitely tarnishes his legacy. You fail a drug test, your whole career is in question, in my opinion. And he failed them now twice. So definitely it tarnishes his legacy. I don’t know what else to say about that. It’s just another one bites the dust. It’s one after another. Literally almost every guy I ever fought at this point has failed a drug test.”

And to him, it wasn’t all that surprising, as Silva is getting older and steroids are supposedly easier to get in Brazil, according to Weidman.

With past bouts against Brazilian legends Silva, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort in addition to Yoel Romero and Tom Lawlor, the former champ admitted that almost all of his past opponents had failed drug tests:

“I’m not really that surprised,” Weidman said. “After the first one and now this one. He’s older now. I don’t know. I’m not super surprised. In Brazil, I know the steroids are very easy to get. A lot of guys were probably on them a long time. I’m not super surprised. The reality is that it definitely tarnishes his legacy.

“All these guys are on it. Even Lyoto Machida failed a drug test. I didn’t think he was that guy. All the guys — Yoel Romero, Vitor Belfort. Go on Sherdog and look at my record. Literally almost every single guy I ever fought has failed a drug test.”

Snapping a three-fight slid in his last bout against Gastelum last July, Weidman is now recovering from yet another surgery, this time on his thumb, and expects to be returning to the cage sometime in the early summer.

As for Silva, well, the drug tests that his greatest rival said have tainted his legacy may also put an end to it.

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Former Champ Says Anderson Silva Has ‘Definitely’ Tarnished His Legacy

Last week many longtime MMA fans were disappointed to see that longtime former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was facing some serious drug charges that could end his decorated career. Reported to have failed a USADA drug test for synthetic testosterone and a banned diuretic prior to his scheduled UFC Shanghai headliner against Kelvin Gastelum […]

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Last week many longtime MMA fans were disappointed to see that longtime former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was facing some serious drug charges that could end his decorated career.

Reported to have failed a USADA drug test for synthetic testosterone and a banned diuretic prior to his scheduled UFC Shanghai headliner against Kelvin Gastelum last November, Silva and his team initially claimed a tainted supplement. But with that avenue not working all too well for Silva’s first failed drug test following his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz, his latest and more serious failure could spell the end of the legendary ‘Spider.’

His status as a legend could understandably be brought into question, too, and the man who took Silva’s title at UFC 162 believes it has. Speaking up during a recent interview with MMA Fighting, former UFC champion Chris Weidman offered his opinion that Silva had already tarnished his historic legacy:

“Yeah, it definitely tarnishes his legacy. You fail a drug test, your whole career is in question, in my opinion. And he failed them now twice. So definitely it tarnishes his legacy. I don’t know what else to say about that. It’s just another one bites the dust. It’s one after another. Literally almost every guy I ever fought at this point has failed a drug test.”

And to him, it wasn’t all that surprising, as Silva is getting older and steroids are supposedly easier to get in Brazil, according to Weidman.

With past bouts against Brazilian legends Silva, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort in addition to Yoel Romero and Tom Lawlor, the former champ admitted that almost all of his past opponents had failed drug tests:

“I’m not really that surprised,” Weidman said. “After the first one and now this one. He’s older now. I don’t know. I’m not super surprised. In Brazil, I know the steroids are very easy to get. A lot of guys were probably on them a long time. I’m not super surprised. The reality is that it definitely tarnishes his legacy.

“All these guys are on it. Even Lyoto Machida failed a drug test. I didn’t think he was that guy. All the guys — Yoel Romero, Vitor Belfort. Go on Sherdog and look at my record. Literally almost every single guy I ever fought has failed a drug test.”

Snapping a three-fight slid in his last bout against Gastelum last July, Weidman is now recovering from yet another surgery, this time on his thumb, and expects to be returning to the cage sometime in the early summer.

As for Silva, well, the drug tests that his greatest rival said have tainted his legacy may also put an end to it.

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Weidman on Silva’s Second Failed Drug Test: It Tarnishes His Legacy

Chris Weidman believes Anderson Silva’s legacy has taken a massive hit after two failed drug tests. Silva’s career may be coming to an end as he’s facing a four-year suspension. “The Spider’s” team has said their fig…

Chris Weidman believes Anderson Silva’s legacy has taken a massive hit after two failed drug tests. Silva’s career may be coming to an end as he’s facing a four-year suspension. “The Spider’s” team has said their fighter will never compete again if he’s hit with a two-year suspension. Weidman, who has defeated Silva twice, told […]