Chris Weidman is set to take on a dangerous opponent in his upcoming debut at the light-heavyweight division.
ESPN revealed that the former middleweight champion would take on ranked four light heavyweight Dominick Reyes in the main event of UFC on ESPN 6 in Boston, Massachusetts this October.
After a two-year fighting hiatus, Weidman returned to action last November at UFC 230 where he was finished by Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza.
Fighting in his home field, Weidman was welcomed with loud cheers by the New York crowd.
The support did not go to waste as the ‘All-American’ came firing early and wobbled Souza with his right to win the opening frame.
The Brazilian fighter bucked his slow start and became more aggressive in the second round.
With Souza coming forward, the Madison Square Garden witnessed a fierce brawl between the two fighters, with Weidman scoring his first takedown that sent the home fans into frenzy serving as its main highlight.
Just when everyone thought Weidman already had the fight in the bag, Souza turned to his killer right during a heated exchange in the third round. Souza then launched another brutal right, which sent Weidman to the mat.
New school meets old school!
— UFC (@ufc) July 24, 2019
New Weight Class
In a press conference last month, ‘All-American’ announced that he will be leaving the middleweight division following his knockout loss to Souza.
A former middleweight champion, Weidman said he is proud of defending his belt multiple times and vowed to bring things to the table in his new weight class.
“I’ve had back-to-back surgeries, coming off a loss, my weight’s going kind of high,” he said, per MMA Mania.
“I’ve accomplished goals at 85, I’ve had that belt wrapped around me four different times.”
“I really wanted to get it back and I’m not saying the door is completely shut on that idea.”
“I’m not saying I can’t get down to 185, but the weight cuts are tough.”
“I want to see what my body is like without depleting it. I won’t be the biggest 205-pounder that’s for sure, but I don’t think I’ll be the smallest.”
“I think I’ll bring things to the table that will be an issue for a lot of those guys.”
— MMA mania (@mmamania) July 23, 2019
But Weidman’s first assignment in the light heavyweight division is going to be tough as the fourth-ranked Reyes has been undefeated in his professional MMA career.
Reyes boasts a perfect 11-0 win-loss record, with five wins in the UFC, including huge victories against Volkan Oezdemir and Ovince Saint-Preux.
But if Weidman survives ‘The Devastator,’ he will be earning the chance to challenge Jon Jones for the light heavyweight championship.
Jones recaptured the 205-pound supremacy last December and has defended his belt against Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.
Is Weidman next for the title shot?
OFICIAL: confirmada la que en principio será la pelea estelar de UFC Fight Night: Boston, el próximo viernes 18 de octubre. Dominick Reyes (#4) se enfrentará mano a mano con Chris Weidman (#6) en la categoría de peso semi-completo. De aquí podría salir el próximo retador de Jones pic.twitter.com/2zoCk2iQBB
— Fans UFC Latinoamérica (@FansUFCLatinoa1) July 25, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Chris Weidman and Dominick Reyes)