Chris Weidman feels “100 percent healed already” after neck surgery, can train fully by six weeks out

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Chris Weidman (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today Sports)

Chris Weidman’s gotten a positive prognosis after neck surgery, and it’s looking like he’ll be clear to fight at UFC 205 in New York as planned.

In an appearance on UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1 Wednesday night, Weidman updated his recovery, and the timetable for when he can get back into training.

“It’s going really good. I’m out in Canada eight days afterward,” Weidman said. “The doctor told me at six weeks out, I can do everything I want and fully train. It feels 100 percent healed already.”

Weidman was hoping to return in November with a title fight, and was expecting that to be his rematch with Luke Rockhold after pulling out of UFC 199. That Rockhold bout may yet be the fight he gets, but no belt will be on the line after Michael Bisping pulled off the upset in Weidman’s absence.

Penick’s Analysis: That’s good news for Weidman, as it seems the neck surgery needed wasn’t quite as serious as feared. So long as he continues to take his recovery as directed by his doctors and doesn’t push himself too hard too fast he’ll be back in time for November, and he can try to make his way back to the top.

[Photo (c) Gary A. Vasquez via USA Today Sports]

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