Over recent years we’ve seen several notable fighters make their changes across weight classes. One of the more recent ones being Chris Weidman.
Weidman, a former UFC middleweight champion, saw his last fight take place in the main event of UFC Boston in October 2019. For the “All American,” this was his first time competing at 205-pounds in the light heavyweight division.
Standing across from him was the rising unbeaten contender in “The Devastator,” Dominick Reyes. With a potential title shot in sight for either man, it would be Victorville, California’s Reyes who capitalized.
Weidman suffered his second defeat in a row by knockout. This time around, it came at the 1:43 mark of the first round. The loss made him 1-5 in his last six. Meaning the last time he’d put a winning streak together was when he was the undefeated 185-pound king in 2015.
Now after his stint competing at a new weight limit, Weidman is calling it one and done as he plans to drop back down to middleweight where he’s found most of his career’s success.
He took to Instagram over the weekend to share that he hopes to fight in April.
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I’ve been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in my fight career. I really love what I do, and I believe I still have some great moments ahead of me! Can’t wait to shut up all the haters! To all the people that have supported me through the ups and the downs, I appreciate it more than you know. I am more motivated than ever and I know the future is bright. Hopefully getting a fight booked around April back in the MW division! #Blessed
As the middleweight division continues to reshape itself, Weidman should now have plenty of interesting new options for opponents.