Chris Weidman, one of UFC’s former middleweight champion, is going up a weight class by the next time we get to see him compete.
ESPN.com’s Ariel Helwani indicated that Weidman will move up to 205lbs for his next bout. Weidman made this known to the lightweight division himself, also indicating plans to return to Octagon this fall.
Weidman (14-4) was seen as recent as last November at UFC 230 where he suffered a third-round knockout defeat to Ronaldo Souza. Prior to this, he had defeated Kelvin Gastelum through submission on the third round, this was followed by 3 straight fight losing run, a knockout loss to Yoel Romero, Gegard and Luke Rockhold.
Weidman began his career with an undefeated record of 13-0 before winning the UFC’s middleweight championship during the summer of 2013 with a outrageous knockout win over Anderson Silva before he went on to defeat Silva again in a rematch via TKO due to a leg injury. He later defended his belt against Lyoto Machide and Vitor Belfort. he eventually lost the belt in December 2015 to Rockhold and has not regained the previous form he had.
This move up to 205lbs should a step in the right direction for Weidman, who ironically is following suite in the paths of Luke Rockhold, who just moved up to the lightweight as well to fight Jan Blachowiz at UFC 239 by July.
There’s no news yet on who Weidman would fight at 205lbs. Based on foresight, he could be pitted against veteran such as Glover Texeira or Alexandar Rakic. Irrespective, Weidman is expected to fight any of the top-15 fighters on his UFC’s lightweight debut.