“I’m a bad matchup for Israel Adesanya, and Jan Blachowicz loss proves it,” says Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman is looking for one final run for the title with a win against Uriah Hall and Weidman believes he is a bad matchup for Israel Adesanya.

Chris Weidman and Israel Adesanya
Chris Weidman and Israel Adesanya

The former UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman, the guy who ended the undefeated UFC streak of the legend Anderson Silva will be returning back to action at UFC 261 against the rising Middleweight contender Uriah Hall.

He last fought inside the Octagon against Omari Akhmedov on UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Oleinik where he won the fight by the unanimous decision of the judges. Now aiming for his second straight win he is looking forward to making one last title run.

In the UFC 261 media day, Chris Weidman says, “I want to go out there and let the fans choose when they want me to fight for the title, and I have to do that by making some big statements,”

“I don’t expect it to be right after this Uriah Hall fight. I expect to fight another big name after that, and if it takes another one, it takes another one.”

Chris Weidman added, “But I think win two fights in spectacular fashion and I get to show my potential, I think people are going to want to see me fight for the title.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

The UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya faced the first loss of his MMA career against the Light Heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz and Weidman is confident that if he gets the chance to face Adesanya he can do the same to him.

Weidman added, “Seeing that fight, seeing how a strong guy was able to out-grapple him and get the takedowns, it definitely reaffirmed the thoughts that I had on that fight,”

“That being said, I have some work to do. I got Uriah Hall. I don’t expect to be fighting Adesanya next. I do know I’m a bad matchup for him, and when I’m able to prove it to everybody, people are going to want to see it” {H/T MMA Junkie}

Chris Weidman still thinks he has all the potential in the world

Chris Weidman
Chris Weidman

The former Middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who held the belt for almost 2 and a half years isn’t having a great run recently. He is 2-5 in his last seven UFC outings but he still believes that he has the potential to be the champion once again.

Weidman added, “I think I have all the potential in the world, I just need to do the right thing. For a long time, I got away from working the way I should be working. I wasn’t in the gym all the time.”

“I was cutting a lot of corners as opposed to doing as much work as possible. I was looking to do as little work as possible, and it was working for me for a couple of fights that I was winning.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

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He continued, “So it kind of gave me positive reinforcement into some bad habits. I think getting out of my environment which I was accustomed to and with the habits that I had, even just moving allowed me to fall in love with the sport again and just being in the gym to learn.”

“I haven’t left the gym. I’ve been in the gym non-stop and that hasn’t happened since like before my Lyoto Machida fight. That’s the last time I was doing that. And for the Vitor fight that’s when I started slacking on my training.”{H/T MMA Junkie}

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