Chris Weidman Feels “Renewed”, Ready For Title Run, Despite “Sloppy” Win
By FCF Staff
Chris Weidman didn’t record an emphatic, decisive victory at UFC Vegas 6. But, the former middleweight champ believes he took a much needed, step forward in another title run.
Weidman faced Omari Akhmedov in the card’s headliner, and largely relied on his wrestling and grappling to record a decision win. The victory, which was only Weidman’s second since 2015, snapped a two-fight losing skid.
After the bout, Weidman admitted that he wasn’t satisfied with the performance, but noted how crucial a win it was (quotes via MMA Fighting).
“That is not the fight that I imagined to be honest,” Weidman said. “I always envision wars and tough times and pushing through, but that was, even in some of my finest moments in that fight, it was sloppy, and I really kind of pride myself on being a technician and making things look pretty and making it look easy. I wasn’t able to do that tonight.”
“But I do think it was a step in the right direction to get a ‘W’ against a tough guy. I’m excited to get in there with some of these top tier guys at middleweight and really start making a statement. I feel like I’m renewed and I got a fresh start here.”
And when asked if he still sees himself making another run for the middleweight crown, the New York fighter made it clear, he does.
“Damn right I’m a champion,” Weidman said. “I’ve been through so much damn adversity, I’ve had so much critiqued on me. From being the undefeated world champion to never really getting the love or the respect I feel I deserved when I was on top and then finally getting knocked down and then everybody jumping on top, trying to kick me while I was down.
“To overcome that is a championship mindset. A big part of me pushing through and continuing to do what I do and with the confidence I have is to help inspire other people. Life is not going to turn out the way you want all the time. You’ve got to be able to push through ,and ‘F’ the doubters and just believe in yourself. I’m not done showing the world what I’m capable of. In those moments, just don’t back down. Don’t quit and just keep moving forward.”
With the win on Saturday, the 36 year-old Weidman’s record is now 15-. Akmedov’s fell to 20-5-1.