Chris Weidman Weighs-in on UFC’s Expected Wave of Roster Cuts
By FCF Staff
Chris Weidman says he’s not overly worried about becoming another of the UFC’s expected, roster cuts. But, the former middleweight champ understands that a loss to Uriah Hall could lead to his release.
The 36-year-old Weidman is set to face Hall on February 13th, and he’ll do so at a time when the UFC is making cuts to its roster. Recently, after it was confirmed the UFC and Yoel Romero had parted ways, Dana White said as many as 60 fighters could be released.
“I’m not really worried about it, but I wouldn’t be surprised. There’s nothing that surprises me. I don’t think I’m more special than anybody to where they’re just gonna go like, ‘Oh, Chris Weidman’s a guy we’re just going to keep forever no matter what.’ If I don’t prove I am a world class fighter and prove that I’m still title challenger ready, then yeah, I can 100 percent see that.”
“It’s unprecedented that they’re letting guys go with fights on their contract,” Weidman said. “It really does put everybody in a position if you’re in the UFC like, ‘Oh crap.’ If you’re not winning right now, especially if you’re getting paid a lot of money, it looks like they’re trying to get rid of you and bring these younger guys up who they’re not paying as much money. It seems like they’re kind of focused on that.”
Weidman (15-5) is coming off a decision win over Omari Akhmedov in August, and has gone 3-5 since 2014.