ROUNDTABLE: What should be next for Chris Weidman?

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

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

What should be next for Chris Weidman after losing 4 of his last 5 fights?

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

Bellator with an entirely new camp. He doesn’t have a strong enough chin and his style is too formulaic to stop punches from someone with an unorthodox style.

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I think he should be given one more chance at least. If he loses his next fight, maybe you consider getting rid of him, but you know he’d go to Bellator in a second. That’s not as big a deal as it seems, but you also have to consider who he’s lost to. He’s not losing to Tomato Can Johnson or something, he’s lost to some really good fighters. I think you put him up against a guy ranked somewhere between 8-12. If he loses that fight, okay, you can cut him. Until that happens, you cut him some slack for these losses. Some, not a lot, but it’s not as simple as losing 4 out of 5.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

There is value in Chris Weidman for UFC. He’s a popular fighter, he’s responsible for one of UFC’s most memorable knockouts, and he played an important role in having MMA regulated in New York. But at the same time, he’s lost a bunch of fights, and that has to count for something. I don’t think UFC should let him go, but I do think they should move him down the ladder in terms of the calibre of opponent he is getting. I would suggest giving Weidman the loser of next month’s Elias Theodorou-Eryk Anders fight. If Weidman can’t win that one, it would force he and UFC to take a good look at his fighting future.

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