Other than UFC middleweight Michael Bisping, no person had more to gain by last night’s headlining fight at UFC on FX 7 than injured contender Chris Weidman. Bisping’s loss to Vitor Belfort cost “The Count” a crack at champion Anderson Silva and, combined with losses from Alan Belcher and Tim Boetsch, opened the door for Weidman to boast clear-cut status as the #1 challenger to Silva’s belt.
As might be expected, Weidman was tuned in last night to watch Bisping battle it out with Belfort and wasted little time reacting to the second-round stoppage.
“Hmmm..interesting,” wrote Weidman on Twitter after the loss, later adding, “I’ll be back in summer and that’s when Anderson wanted to fight. Coincidence? I think not.”
Weidman is unbeaten thus far in his career, boasting a 9-0 mark including six finishes and wins over Demian Maia/Mark Munoz. However, he has been out of action since July due to a series of injuries and had seen his hold on the spot diminish some until the recent run of timely losses. The 28-year old has also been actively calling for a clash with Silva only to be turned away due to a lack of mainstream name recognition.
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