Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman has announced that his next fight will be back in the weight class he once ruled after an unsuccessful attempt to transition to the 205lb division.
“I’ve been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in my fight career,” Weidman wrote on Instagram. “I really love what I do, and I believe I still have some great moments ahead of me! Can’t wait to shut up all the haters!
“To all the people that have supported me through the ups and the downs, I appreciate it more than you know. I am more motivated than ever and I know the future is bright. Hopefully getting a fight booked around April back in the MW division!”
Weidman had hoped that a move up to light-heavyweight would help give his career a new lease of life after a disappointing spell in which he’d lost four of his last five fights at 185lbs.
However, that didn’t prove to be the case as he immediately came up against future title contender Dominick Reyes and was KO’d in the first round.
Troublingly, all five of Weidman’s losses in the past four years have come by way of strikes, but the 35-year-old is determined to fight on regardless.
At this stage it’s not clear who he will face when he does return to the middleweight ranks.