Despite 5 T/KO losses – Chris Weidman not done: “I will be back”
No matter the droves of comments pouring in on social media, Chris Weidman doesn’t care – and he isn’t done with MMA.
The former middleweight champion made his light heavyweight debut this weekend at UFC Boston. Weidman faced dangerous, undefeated Dominck Reyes, and the winner seemed to be on the fast track to a title shot. That winner ended up being Reyes, who dropped Weidman with a hard strike and then finished with ground and pound.
See also: UFC Boston – Full results
That loss was Weidman’s fifth T/KO defeat in his last six bouts, with just one win since 2015. While the odds are certainly stacked against him, Weidman is keeping his chin up. In a post on his Instagram, Weidman made it clear that he’s not ready to retire, and plans on returning better than ever.
“I just want to let everyone know I’m all good just obviously bummed with the result,” Weidman wrote. “I knew Dom was a tough fight and he proved to be more than that with a beautiful timed left hand that put me down in the first. I jumped in with a right hand and the range was off and he capitalized. Sucks for me. As for what is next for me… I’m hearing a lot of “you should retire comments” and I get where you are coming from based on the results of my recent fights. It’s crazy because with a win over Reyes the chances of me fighting for the world championship were very strong.
“I have the abilities to still be world champion”
“Now to be getting hit with the retirement talk is really a big swing for me to get used to hearing. I will tell you that I am def not ready to retire. I still love this and am very hungry to get back in there. I believe I have the abilities to still be world champion. I know some of you are shaking your head and laughing at me when I say that .. well screw you and thanks for the motivation. This fight I was coming off a year lay-off, 2 major surgeries, and a weight class change. Way too much time out of the gym and I feel like that did play a role in this fight. The fact that I’m healthy right now and can get back in the gym is territory that I’m not used too. I will be back soon and I will look good doing it. Thank you everyone for your support and I’m sorry to let you down. This extreme low in my career will be part of my story and I will finish on top.”
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It seems that Weidman feels that he needs to spend more time training, and he wants to return as soon as possible. While that coveted title shot is surely more out of reach now, he remains a name value fighter. It remains to be seen if he can return to top contender status, and achieve his dream of becoming UFC champion once more.
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