It’s always interesting to think about the way the MMA landscape would look had fate played out differently in certain circumstances. The latest example of the “what if” game involves UFC middleweight Chris Weidman who currently boasts an unbeaten mark nine fights into his career and is the division’s top contender. However, according to Weidman, he was extremely close to having inked an offer from Bellator and would probably still be part of the organization today had he done so.
In fact, as the 28-year old explained to the New York Post, a relative who happened to be attending a celebratory dinner and was a lawyer glanced over the deal, catching a clause aimed at extending the contract by twice its original length without a chance to renegotiate.
“I felt like I was betrayed by them. They never told me that. It was a little sneaky,” explained Weidman. “I was so upset. I was so let down. I was excited to go to Bellator.”
As chance would have it, the UFC ended up contacting Weidman shortly thereafter to serve as an injury replacement and the rest is history. Up next for “All-American” is champion Anderson Silva, a challenge Weidman is more than ready to meet head on.
“He’s the pound-for-pound best fighter and I know I can beat him. There’s no better feeling than that,” said Weidman confidently of the clash.
Weidman-Silva will serve as the main event at UFC 162. The event is scheduled to take place on July 6 in Las Vegas with other fighters slated for action including Chan Sung Jung, Tim Kennedy, Mark Munoz, and Frankie Edgar.
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