Former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman believes he might discover comparable success in opposition to Israel Adesanya as he did when preventing Anderson Silva.
‘The All American’ moved as much as the promotions mild heavyweight division for his final struggle, however following a disappointing setback to Dominick Reyes, Weidman now plans or returning to the 185-pound division he as soon as dominated.
“We’ll see, however I feel I’m used to being there and my transfer to 205 [pounds] didn’t go my approach in any respect. I actually couldn’t take something out of that struggle. I really feel nice in opposition to 205 pounders, sparring them, and I do know I might be proper there with all these guys.” Chris Weidman advised MMAFighting. “Nevertheless it simply so occurred in my struggle [that] I bought caught early. So it was onerous to take something out of it. I’m going to return to 185, the place I already know there’s a number of questions.”
Weidman (14-5 MMA) has gone simply 1-Four over his previous 5 fights at middleweight. Throughout that stretch, ‘The All American’ has suffered knockout losses to Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, Gegard Mousasi and Jacare Souza, whereas incomes a submission win over Kelvin Gastelum.
Regardless of the tough stretch, Chris Weidman is assured that if he can put himself again in title competition, he has what it takes to dethrone reigning division champion Israel Adesanya.
“I feel the man’s tremendous proficient,” Weidman mentioned. “He’s the brand new champion. He’s bought the star energy, and after I’m all mentioned and performed with my profession, I actually wish to struggle one of the best guys within the historical past of the middleweight division. I feel I’ve performed that, and Israel’s a type of guys I haven’t bought to struggle but. He’s rising to develop into a type of guys. [I’m] seeing if he can defend his belt a few occasions, however I’d love to check myself in opposition to him. So whoever I’ve bought to struggle earlier than that to get to a struggle like that’s positively motivating.”
Resulting from Adesanya’s meteoric success, many followers and analysts have him pegged to surpass Anderson Silva as the best middleweight fighter of all time.
Whereas Chris Weidman acknowledges that Israel Adesanya is a future legend, he doesn’t consider that ‘Stylebender’ will likely be breaking any of Silva’s middleweight information.
“Pay attention, he’s bought a number of work forward of him for positive,” Weidman mentioned. “Anderson Silva, he dominated everyone for years. He didn’t have wars like [Israel] has been having. He had an in depth struggle with Anderson Silva, and this was years after I fought Anderson Silva. He had a really, very shut barnburner struggle with Kelvin Gastelum. The struggle with Yoel Romero was clearly simply horrible, however he’s thrilling to observe.”
Chris Weidman continued:
“He’s bought an excellent mouthpiece on him. He’s a sensible child. He’s enjoyable to hearken to him speak. I don’t know if he’s going to be beating Anderson Silva’s file or something like that, however I feel he’ll be checked out as a man who’s like a legend within the sport when it’s all mentioned and performed – at the very least within the middleweight division.”
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This text first appeared on BJPENN.com on Might 2, 2020