Chris Weidman
The All-American

USA

Out for 90 days
MiddleweightUFC
November 6, 2018
Weidman was handed a 90-day medical suspension after losing to Jacare Souza at UFC 230 on Saturday, mmafighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Weidman was handed the suspension for "damage sustained in the contest," a contest which Weidman lost by TKO (punches) in the third round. He won't be eligible to return until early February.
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At career crossroads after loss to Jacare Souza at UFC 230
MiddleweightUFC
November 3, 2018
Weidman lost to Jacare Souza via TKO (punches) at 2:46 of Round 3 at UFC 230 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
You really can't help but feel for Weidman. He has battled through so many injuries over the years and he has now suffered third round knockout losses in both of his fights at Madison Square Garden. Chris got off to a quick start in what was essentially a kickboxing match before his output waned as the fight progressed. By the time Round 3 rolled around, Weidman was struggling to defend himself. The shot that effectively ended the fight was a blow that seemed to catch Chris right on the top of the head. It was clear as day to everyone other than referee Dan Miragliotta that the fight was over then and there. Now 34 years old, Weidman finds himself at a career crossroads. He has fought considerably better than his 1-4 mark in his last five fights would lead you to believe, but as they say, you are what your record says you are.
Set to face Ronaldo Souza
MiddleweightUFC
October 20, 2018
Weidman will take on Ronaldo Souza at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 after his original opponent, Luke Rockhold, withdrew due to injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Weidman's new opponent has a 25-6 professional record but is coming off a run of two defeats in his last three matches. The 38-year-old lost in the second round by TKO against Robert Whittaker back in April, 2017 and lost by split decision against Kelvin Gastelum in May.
Needs new opponent for UFC 230
MiddleweightUFC
October 19, 2018
Weidman needs a new opponent at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 as Luke Rockhold has pulled out with an injury, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The specifics of Rockhold's injury are unclear, though he was battling a lower leg issue earlier in the year. The UFC is already working on finding a replacement, it appears, though the organization will have to work quickly, as the event is just over two weeks away.
Fight against Rockhold set for MSG
MiddleweightUFC
September 5, 2018
Weidman will take on Luke Rockhold in a middleweight matchup at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
While the UFC has yet to post this fight on their official site, it was reported several weeks back, and there's been little indication since that it isn't happening. Assuming this fight goes on as planned, it's an excellent opportunity for Weidman in his home state of New York. Both men are 1-2 in their last three fights, and measure up nearly identically. They fought once before back in December of 2015, where Weidman fell via TKO in the fourth round despite entering as a betting favorite. Look for the odds to be closer this time around. Weidman was dominated in the striking department in that bout (48 to 126), but he boasts superior wrestling skills of the two men. While one would think Weidman's best path to victory is taking this fight to the mat, it would be unwise to underestimate the jiu-jitsu skills of Rockhold, who has earned half of his professional victories by way of submission. Instead, Weidman may want to keep this fight against the cage, where he can use his stronger frame to keep Rockhold in the clinch, opening the door to land stead knees and elbows. Regardless of strategy, the last thing Weidman wants is to turn this into a pure kickboxing match.
Second thumb surgery on tap
MiddleweightUFC
April 4, 2018
Weidman will undergo a second thumb surgery Monday, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Weidman initially suffered the injury in a matchup against Kelvin Gastelum last July, and despite months of rehab, the issue has not been fully addressed. The original injury was a dislocation, torn ligament and fracture of the left thumb, and upon further testing, doctors found that the cartilage has worn away and the joint has became arthritic. Now, Weidman will undergo another procedure to remove bone from his hip and insert it into his thumb. The projected recovery timetable for this procedure is approximately two months, and if all goes well, Weidman will look to return to action this fall. Despite a three-fight losing streak prior to the July victory over Gastelum, Weidman is still just 33 years old and could reasonably have a few more successful years left in him. Being able to grip with his left hand without feeling a sharp pain will be a good first step.