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Chris Weidman focused on dealing with Sean Strickland after current win: “I would like to check myself”

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is right down to face Sean Strickland subsequent.

Chris Weidman, Sean Strickland

‘The All-American’ returned to the octagon late final month in Atlantic Metropolis towards Bruno Silva. Chris Weidman entered the bout, admittedly on the verge of retirement. With a loss, the previous UFC champion would’ve retired within the cage. As a substitute, Weidman picked up a controversial unanimous choice victory over the Brazilian.

The bout was initially a knockout win however was modified to a choice after a number of eye pokes occurred within the ending sequence. Within the weeks since that victory, Chris Weidman has been quiet. Nonetheless, in a current interview on Michael Bisping‘s Consider You Me Podcast, he mentioned a future combat towards Sean Strickland.

‘Tarzan’ was not too long ago booked for the UFC 302 co-main occasion, towards Paulo Costa. Win or lose, nonetheless, Chris Weidman could be focused on dealing with the previous champion subsequent. Whereas the 39-year-old is conscious that he’s had quite a lot of losses and accidents recently, he believes that he can cope with the likes of Sean Strickland.


Chris Weidman requires Sean Strickland combat after current win at UFC Atlantic Metropolis

“I feel I need a large identify.” Chris Weidman said on the Consider You Me Podcast with Michael Bisping. “I went with Bruno Silva, who’s not a giant identify, and I feel it’s time to step up and have a enjoyable combat that folks need to see and folks know me and him. Bruno Silva, [fans] didn’t actually know his identify and I had no proper to choose my opponent. Not that I’m going to have the ability to decide my opponents, but when it was as much as me, I’d have an even bigger identify. A combat which means somewhat bit extra with a win.”

Chris Weidman continued and mentioned his plans to return to the cage later this yr. When Michael Bisping steered Sean Strickland as a possible opponent, ‘The All-American’ appeared to approve of the matchup.

“I’d love that combat. I’ve received quite a lot of respect for Strickland, and I feel it will be a enjoyable buildup. I feel he would deliver me out of being such a pleasant man. We may trash-talk somewhat bit, and have some enjoyable. I’d love that combat, I like his fashion, I like that he pushes the tempo. I wish to push the tempo. He likes to get guys drained, so I’d like to check myself towards a man like that.”

What do you make of those feedback from the previous UFC middleweight champion? Do you need to see Chris Weidman vs. Sean Strickland?

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