After middleweight champion Chris Weidman (pictured) quickly disposed of Vitor Belfort Saturday at UFC 187, a feat Weidman promised to accomplish prior to their long-awaited showdown, he has now posted three straight title defenses.
However, practically nobody in the sports world outside of MMA knows who he is. Even MMA fans seem to look at Weidman as merely a placeholder until a more dominant champion comes along to don the crown, a la Anderson Silva did before Weidman killed his reign.
If fans are seeking the next big thing in the UFC middleweight division, look no further than the man who currently sits atop the throne – that is if you were to ask Weidman.
“It’s frustrating. I’ve beat Anderson Silva twice and Lyoto Machida and now Vitor. It keeps me working hard and motivates me. You’re either joining the team now or you’re not,” Weidman said on Fox Sports 1’s UFC 187 post-fight show of being overlooked. “I want to become the greatest of all time. I want to retire undefeated. I want to dominate this class and maybe move up some day. I keep winning and people will start supporting.”
Weidman is the only man alive who can stake claim to not only hanging two wins over Silva, who is regarded by many as MMA’s GOAT (at least prior to December’s positive PED tests), but he finished the most decorated champion in UFC history on both occasions. He then made Machida, another former UFC title holder, look meager.
A TRT-less Belfort? Piece of cake, as promised.
Weidman is now perfect through his first 13 professional fights. It appears former Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold is the next man up.
Do you plan to hop aboard the Weidman bandwagon now or after he faces Rockhold? Better hurry, seats are filling up fast.