Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman has made the decision to move up to light-heavyweight.
“I’ve had two back-to-back surgeries, I’m coming off a loss, and I’m just like, my weight’s going kind of high,” Weidman told reporters backstage at UFC 238 this past weekend. “I’ve accomplished my goals at (185 pounds). I’ve had that belt wrapped around me four different times. I really wanted to get it back, and I’m not saying the door is totally shut on that idea. I’m not saying the door is totally shut on ’85, but the weight cuts are tough, and I kind of want to see what my body is like without depleting itself.”
Weidman has had a tough time of it of late at 185lbs, having lost our his last five fights in addition to his injury woes, having been stopped by strikes against Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, Gegard Mousasi and most recently Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza.
Now he’s hoping a move up to 205lbs will bring about a successful new chapter in his career.
“I always wanted to go up to 205. The goal, when everything was good when I was undefeated and champion of the world, the goal was to defend my belt a few times at ’85, move up to 205 and beat Jon Jones. That was always the goal, then things changed. You have to reevaluate your goals, and now I’m going up to 205.”