Chris Weidman
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Grinds out win against Akhmedov
MiddleweightUFC
August 9, 2020
Weidman defeated Omari Akhmedov via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This is a fight Weidman absolutely had to have after losing in five of his last six tripes to the Octagon, all by KO/TKO. While it wasn't pretty, Weidman stuck to a grappling-heavy game plan to get a big lead in control time and limit Akhmedov's striking opportunities. Given the state of Weidman's chin at this stage in his career, he'll have to stick to this strategy moving forward if he intends to keep winning fights. When it was all wrapped up, Weidman scored via 29 significant strikes, five takedowns and four advances. He was taken down himself four times in Round 2, but he did enough in Rounds 1 and 3 to get the nod from the judges. It still appears the 36-year-old has what it takes to be competitive in the division's middle tier, and this fight should land him back in the rankings at 185 pounds, but it remains highly unlikely Weidman is affecting the title picture any time soon.
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Fighting Akhmedov in August
MiddleweightUFC
June 16, 2020
Weidman and Omari Akhmedov agreed to a middleweight bout at UFC's untitled event August 8, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Weidman was poised to make his return to middleweight against Jack Hermansson in early May, but the coronavirus pandemic caused a change of plan and he'll now do so against Akhmedov. Weidman has lost five of his last six fights and is in dire need of a win after his failed one-bout stint at light heavyweight. Meanwhile, Akhmedov has won three straight bouts and is coming off a victory over Ian Heinisch at UFC 245.
Loses May 2 opponent
MiddleweightUFC
April 9, 2020
Weidman is in search of a new opponent for an event that was originally scheduled for May 2 in Oklahoma City, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Weidman was originally scheduled for a middleweight showdown against Jack Hermansson, but it now appears that Hermansson is out and the UFC is looking for a replacement opponent. No particular reason was given for Hermansson's presumed withdrawal, but given he's from Sweden and fights out of Norway, there are likely travel challenges as a result of the current global pandemic. The event location will likely be changing from Oklahoma City as well, so stay tuned for any further updates regarding this proposed middleweight matchup.
Added to Oklahoma City card
MiddleweightUFC
February 20, 2020
Weidman will fight Jack Hermansson at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Weidman's fight against Hermansson, which will function as his return to middleweight, is set as the main event for UFC Oklahoma City. He's hoping that a move back to the 185-pound ranks will help curb a losing streak, as Weidman boasts just a 1-5 record across his last six matches. He'll face a tough opponent in Hermansson, who recently had his own four-fight winning streak broken via a loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC Copenhagen.
Moving back to 185-pound ranks
MiddleweightUFC
February 10, 2020
Weidman (14-5-0) announced Saturday via his personal Instagram account that he plans to move back to the middleweight division for his next fight.
ANALYSIS
Weidman hoped that a move to the light heavyweight ranks in October would lead to greater success after he had lost in four of his last five fights, but he ended up getting knocked out by Dominick Reyes in the first round at UFC Boston. The 35-year-old's stint as a light heavyweight fighter thus comes to an end after just one bout, but the former middleweight champion may not be in line for many more chances in the UFC, given his poor results of late. Weidman is tentatively planning on making his return to the Octagon around April, if the promotion is willing to include him on a card.
Knocked out in LH debut
MiddleweightUFC
October 18, 2019
Making his light heavyweight debut, Weidman lost to Dominick Reyes via TKO (punches) at 1:43 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Boston.
ANALYSIS
New division, same result. Simply put, Weidman's chin is gone. The former UFC Middleweight Champion planned on leaning on his wrestling to defeat Reyes and he actually was able to secure an early takedown. Unfortunately as soon as the men separated and Reyes unloaded on straight left hand, Weidman was done. Chris's sudden, steep fall from grace is both heartbreaking and frustrating. He has dealt with a ton of injuries, had countless surgeries, and has also been the victim of some legitimate bad luck inside the octagon. Yet when all is said and done, you have to pick up the "W", and Weidman is 1-5 in his last six bouts dating back to December 2015 and has just one victory since May 2015. To say Weidman is at a career crossroads at age 35 would be the understatement of the century.