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Chris Weidman: I Think I Should Fight Robert Whittaker

Unsurprisingly, Weidman thinks his stoppage win over Kelvin Gastelum should grant him the next title shot at 185 pounds.

Chris Weidman has been out of action for several months now as he nurses a bunged up thumb injury he suffered in his July victory over Kelvin Gastelum. But that didn’t stop him from flying all the way to Australia for UFC 221 where the future of his division was being decided.

Even with all signs pointing towards the winner of the Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero semi-interim fight getting the next shot at Robert Whittaker, he made his case to reporters in Perth that he was the most deserving.

”I think it’s good that the division will be less chaotic, less weird, so you’ll have just a straight up champion, no interims,” he told Submission Radio. “As for who should fight Whittaker? I don’t know, I think I should. I just beat – what is Gastelum ranked, top five? He’s ranked fifth? I just finished him, he’s never gotten finished in his career.”

As for Romero?

”He just had a loss to Whittaker,” Weidman argued.

Unfortunately for Weidman, that loss from UFC 213 and Romero missing weight didn’t stop UFC president Dana White from confirming Romero as next up for Whittaker. A small glimmer of hope opened up for “The All American” when Yoel declared he’d broken his leg en route to his third round victory over Rockhold. But doctors soon cleared that up and declared Romero ‘good to go’ with a few weeks rest.

That’s longer than it will take for Weidman to get back to training.

”There’s still pain, I’m able to punch decent,” he said regarding his ongoing thumb problems. “But still if I clip the thumb it still hurts. But it’s more the grappling right now, when I go to grab or do any movement I get little sharp pains so I’m not able to squeeze like I’d like. And so I’m at about the six month mark, Khabib says it takes about eight months, so maybe another two months or maybe less.”

”I’m going to go see a doctor in Las Vegas coming up here and get some injections and hopefully speed up the process.”

We assume he’s talking about stem cells. Why fighters aren’t soaking in the stuff like Neo in the Matrix is beyond me. Regardless of his thumb, it sounds like Weidman will be stuck on the sidelines with no title shot unless something crazy happens … which given the past two years at 185 pounds, is not that unlikely.

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Chris Weidman: I Think I Should Fight Robert Whittaker

Unsurprisingly, Weidman thinks his stoppage win over Kelvin Gastelum should grant him the next title shot at 185 pounds.

Chris Weidman has been out of action for several months now as he nurses a bunged up thumb injury he suffered in his July victory over Kelvin Gastelum. But that didn’t stop him from flying all the way to Australia for UFC 221 where the future of his division was being decided.

Even with all signs pointing towards the winner of the Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero semi-interim fight getting the next shot at Robert Whittaker, he made his case to reporters in Perth that he was the most deserving.

”I think it’s good that the division will be less chaotic, less weird, so you’ll have just a straight up champion, no interims,” he told Submission Radio. “As for who should fight Whittaker? I don’t know, I think I should. I just beat – what is Gastelum ranked, top five? He’s ranked fifth? I just finished him, he’s never gotten finished in his career.”

As for Romero?

”He just had a loss to Whittaker,” Weidman argued.

Unfortunately for Weidman, that loss from UFC 213 and Romero missing weight didn’t stop UFC president Dana White from confirming Romero as next up for Whittaker. A small glimmer of hope opened up for “The All American” when Yoel declared he’d broken his leg en route to his third round victory over Rockhold. But doctors soon cleared that up and declared Romero ‘good to go’ with a few weeks rest.

That’s longer than it will take for Weidman to get back to training.

”There’s still pain, I’m able to punch decent,” he said regarding his ongoing thumb problems. “But still if I clip the thumb it still hurts. But it’s more the grappling right now, when I go to grab or do any movement I get little sharp pains so I’m not able to squeeze like I’d like. And so I’m at about the six month mark, Khabib says it takes about eight months, so maybe another two months or maybe less.”

”I’m going to go see a doctor in Las Vegas coming up here and get some injections and hopefully speed up the process.”

We assume he’s talking about stem cells. Why fighters aren’t soaking in the stuff like Neo in the Matrix is beyond me. Regardless of his thumb, it sounds like Weidman will be stuck on the sidelines with no title shot unless something crazy happens … which given the past two years at 185 pounds, is not that unlikely.

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Robert Whittaker Details Decision to Pull Out of UFC 221 in Australia

Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight ace Robert Whittaker appeared on the “The MMA Hour” and detailed his decision to pull out of UFC 221, which will be held this weekend in Perth, Australia.
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Robert Whittaker Gives Surprising Update on Health Situation; Champ Excited for Rockhold-Romero

Things are looking up for UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.
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Latest UFC 221 fight card, rumors and updates for ‘Whittaker vs Rockhold’ PPV on Feb. 10 in Perth, Australia

With both Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre eliminated from the 185-pound title picture, Robert Whittaker is named UFC middleweight champion and will make his first title defense against ex-titleholder Luke Rockhold. Elsewhere on the card, hometown hero Mark Hunt gets back into the Octagon opposite Curtis Blaydes. Fun!

Event: UFC 221: “Whittaker vs. Rockhold”
Date: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
Location: Perth Arena in Perth, Australia
Broadcast: Pay-Per-View (PPV), FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 221 PPV Main Event:

185 lbs.: UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold

UFC 221 PPV Co-Main Event:

265 lbs.: Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes

UFC 221 PPV Main Card, Prelims:

205 lbs.: Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
125 lbs.: Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen
265 lbs.: Cyril Asker vs. Tai Tuivasa
155 lbs.: Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
135 lbs.: Teruto Ishihara vs. Jose Quinonez
155 lbs.: Mizuto Hirota vs. Ross Pearson

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Midnight Mania! St. Pierre had every intention of fighting Robert Whittaker until he got colitis

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Despite what Dana White might tell you, Georges St. Pierre had every intention of honoring his contract and fighting Robert Whittaker at Middleweight. That’s according to his coach John Danaher, who spoke today on the MMA Hour. Unfortunately, colitis, a very serious health condition that has him fasting every other day, interfered. St. Pierre tried to put on weight before his title fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 217; not only was he unable to do so, coming into the fight at just over 190 pounds, but the attempt took a serious toll on his health.

This runs counter to Dana White’s claim that St. Pierre never intended to fight Whittaker. Danaher refuted another claim made by White- that GSP didn’t want to fight anyone at welterweight. According to Danaher, GSP DID want to come back for the welterweight crown once Tyron Woodley became champion. It was Danaher who talked him into moving up to middleweight, and a group of coaches, including Zahabi, Roach, Danaher, met with GSP to come up with a career plan.

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Insomnia

Robert Whittaker is finding some picturesque places to train:

Remember how Jason Knight got docked a point for biting Gabriel Benitez’s fingers? Well, guess what? Benitez shouldn’t have put his fingers in Jason’s mouth, according to the Kid.

Nicco Montano finally has money- but no one will take it without credit.

Will Cain Velasquez actually stay healthy this time?

The two best actors who are also UFC lightweights, want to fight each other. Felder is a trained thespian (theater actor) while Iaquinta apparently was a surprising natural in a TV pilot that was never picked up. What’s really important, though, is that there’s no way this isn’t a barnburner.

Whoever is running Sylvester Stallone’s account pranked us with a “big announcement” that had nothing to do with Brock Lesnar.

Remember Keaton Jones, that kid who was bullied at school? Well, what was apparently a fake account was using that to try and scam folks out of their money.

This was, apparently a fake account.

Aljamain Sterling is surprisingly cool with all the memes about him dabbing after getting knocked out.

This kid is gonna be a monster

Logan Gibson working on his kicks at the @bmfranch tonight. #OhWeThrowingSpinningShitNow

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“Cub Swanson issues a statement after his loss” feels too formal to say he said this:

Even in a loss, Swanson set a record:

McGregor wants this to come across tough, but it’s just a sappy new dad post

My little beast in the making ❤️

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

A man won an MMA fight with a dragon sleeper.

DRAGON SLEEPER IN MMA! #mma #submission #ufc #prowrestling

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Another knee to the head


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GSP Vacates Middleweight Title; Whittaker vs. Rockhold Set for UFC 221 on Feb. 10

Georges St. Pierre will not be defending the middleweight title he won at UFC 217.
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GSP Vacates Middleweight Title; Whittaker vs. Rockhold Set for UFC 221 on Feb. 10

Georges St. Pierre will not be defending the middleweight title he won at UFC 217.
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GSP Vacates Middleweight Title; Whittaker vs. Rockhold Set for UFC 221 on Feb. 10

Georges St. Pierre will not be defending the middleweight title he won at UFC 217.
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Kelvin Gastelum Expected to KO Bisping, Calls for Matchup vs. Whittaker at UFC 221

It’s getting more and more difficult for Kelvin Gastelum to leave the middleweight division.
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