Weidman considering move up to light heavyweight

Following consecutive defeats, Chris Weidman is mulling over the prospect of moving up to the light heavyweight division.

Weidman’s fortunes began to go downhill when he lost his UFC middleweight title to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 last December. The pair were supposed to meet again at UFC 199 in June, but Weidman was forced to pull out as he underwent neck surgery to repair herniated discs. 

To make matters worse, Michael Bisping was brought in as his replacement and knocked out Rockhold in the first round to become the new middleweight champion. 

Weidman eventually made his return last month at UFC 205 in New York, but failed to impress as he was knocked out by Yoel Romero in the third round of their bout. 

Having lost two fights in a row, many have questioned what’s next for the former middleweight champion. Responding to all the speculation about his future, Weidman reiterated that he is seriously considering leaving the middleweight division to ply his trade in the light heavyweight division. 

“I know a lot of people are mentioning me going to 205, which could be a possibility, but I would need a little more time to go up there. Just gain some size,” he said. 

Even though he is brooding over a possible move to the light heavyweight division, Weidman backtracked to say that he could be in line for a middleweight title fight if he bounces back with two successive wins. 

“I know I lost two in a row, but (if) I win maybe two good fights I think I’m right there for title contention given all my accolades I’ve had already,” he said. It’s really not a far fetched thing to get back in it for a title quickly.”