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Chris Weidman aiming for Octagon return in early 2013

UFC middleweight Chris Weidman had a rough end to his year after a 2012 campaign solidifying his status as one of the division’s top competitors and lending weight to claims of being top contender. The 28-year old not only saw his home suffer severe damage resulting from Hurricane Sandy, but he was also forced to withdraw from a fight after injuring his shoulder while training for the tilt.

Fortunately, it sounds like Weidman’s 2013 should start out on a positive note, as he recently revealed he should be back in commission by springtime.

“Off to get surgery. Excited to get this over with and get rehabbing and come back stronger then ever. Thanks for the support,” wrote Weidman on Twitter. “I’m told I’ll be at 100-percent in four months if everything goes smoothly.”

The 9-0 Weidman has won five fights inside the Octagon including a July knockout of Mark Munoz. He was expected to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 before tearing his labrum.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

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