Chris Weidman
All American

USA

Out
Injury Leg
Est. Return 1/1/2022
Set for next-day surgery
MiddleweightUFC
Out
April 24, 2021
Weidman (leg) is scheduled to undergo surgery Sunday, Clevis Murray of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Weidman will undergo surgery to address the horrific right leg injury he suffered during the early seconds of his fight against Uriah Hall at UFC 261 on Saturday. It was nearly eight years ago that Anderson Silva suffered a similar injury against Weidman. The former UFC Middleweight Champion is no stranger to long recovery periods, having spent more than a year on the sideline from 2017-18 due to a torn ligament in his thumb, but his upcoming rehab stands to be a whole different story. With his 37th birthday coming June, whether or not Weidman will be able to step into the Octagon again is a legitimate unknown.
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Suffers gruesome injury in loss
MiddleweightUFC
Out
April 24, 2021
Weidman lost to Uriah Hall via TKO (injury) at 0:17 of Round 1 at UFC 261 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
We all know MMA can be a cruel sport at times, but this is next level. Weidman has dealt with countless injuries over the course of his career. He moved his family from Long Island to South Carolina last summer to mix things up and train with his brother-in-law Stephen Thompson, and then this happens. Weidman went for a low kick that connected, and his leg immediately snapped in half. It was by far one of the most gruesome injuries suffered inside the Octagon in recent memory. The real shame in all this is that there is probably a better than even chance this results in the end of Weidman's career. He'll be 37 years of age this coming June and is obviously looking at a long, long rehab stint. The former UFC Middleweight Champion is one of the good guys in the sport and hopefully we see him inside the Octagon again at some point in the future.
Positive COVID-19 test delays fight
MiddleweightUFC
Out
January 29, 2021
Weidman now won't take on Uriah Hall until April 24 after testing positive for coronavirus, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The pair had initially been set to face off on Feb. 13 but will now how to wait two more months. Weidman will be looking for a repeat of when these two first met, as he defeated Hall with a first-round TKO all the way back in 2010 to with the Ring of Combat middleweight title.
Set to face Uriah Hall
MiddleweightUFC
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November 17, 2020
Weidman and Uriah Hall have verbally agreed to square off in a middleweight matchup on Feb. 13, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The pair first met back in 2010 under the Ring of Combat banner, with Weidman earning a TKO victory to earn that promotion's middleweight title. Things haven't gone well for Weidman in recent years, as he lost five out of six fights over a stretch which ran from 2015 to 2109, though he did at least bounce back with a unanimous decision victory against Omari Akhmedov in August. Hall had a recent stretch of four losses out of five fights himself, though he's since bounced back with three straight wins, including a fourth-round TKO victory over legend Anderson Silva in October.
Grinds out win against Akhmedov
MiddleweightUFC
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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.
Fighting Akhmedov in August
MiddleweightUFC
Out
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.