After a series of losses in the middleweight division, Chris Weidman was looking to make the jump up to light heavyweight for a fresh start and a new challenge. Unfortunately, his light heavyweight debut did not go to plan as Dominick Reyes stopped the former middleweight champion in just under two minutes.
Weidman is now 1-5 in his last six fights with all five losses coming by knockout. Any fighter that suffers several knockouts in a row will garner some talk around the damage they are accumulating and whether or not it is time to call it a career. Weidman showed no signs of wanting to retire in his post-fight interview.
“Everyone that came out to support me I’m sorry I didn’t get the “W”. It’s a game we play, I’ll be back better.”
UFC President, Dana White, appears to be among those that are beginning to see the end of Weidman’s career. White admitted that he may need to have a conversation with the former champion about his future in the sport.
“What he said tonight didn’t sound to me like he’s considering retirement. So, it’s a conversation that he and I definitely need to have. This was his move up to light heavyweight, which obviously didn’t go well for him so maybe he goes back down to middleweight or thinks about maybe retiring.”
Weidman has already carved an impressive legacy in the sport going on an unbeaten run when he first joined the UFC and beating the seemingly invincible Anderson Silva to claim the middleweight title.
Weidman went on to defend the title three times before suffering his first career defeat and losing his title at the hands of Luke Rockhold.
Rockhold and Weidman have had similar career paths as of late, both making the jump up to the light heavyweight division and both suffering defeats in their debuts. Perhaps the rematch that never did happen could be next on the cards?