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Chris Weidman: Interim UFC middleweight title is 'kind of stupid'

"The Phenom" agrees with you, Chris.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Weidman isn't a big fan of interim title fights ... especially those that have to do with his middleweight belt.

"All American" recently appeared on "The MMA Hour" to talk about the chatter surrounding the possibility of an interim bout taking place at UFC 184 on Feb. 28, 2015, after he was forced out of his championship fight against Vitor Belfort.

Despite Weidman's absence, Belfort was supposed to remain on the card against a lucky challenger for the interim strap until Weidman received a clean bill of health. "The Phenom," though, wasn't having it, rejecting one fight after another because he only wanted to challenge for the real belt.

That's music to Weidman's ears because he thinks an interim title fight is "stupid," seeing as how he isn't going to be out too long. And, to defend his stance, he points to other champions who have been shelved much longer than him.

Check it out (via MMA Fighting):

"You know, I thought it was kind of stupid. I'm just like, hang on, Anthony Pettis was out for a year. Johny Hendricks was out for like nine months. Cain Velasquez, they just did an interim title, he was out for how long? A year and a half? So I've been out for six months, I just get an injury now that's going to [hold] me out six-to-eight weeks, then I'm ready to go. So for them to do an interim belt is kind of crazy. It doesn't match up to [how much time] other guys (have missed) when they've done interim belts. I don't have an ACL tear. I'm not going to be out for a year, indefinitely, no matter what. Hopefully this thing heals even faster than six-to-eight weeks."

Nevertheless, Weidman understands UFC's mindset, saying that creating of the interim tag is simply a means to help save a card.

"It's really just a way to promote the fight. It's a way to get people excited. It's a belt, and then you can do champion versus champion. So I understand the business side of doing it. It just sucks that it's me and they're doing it with me. But I understand they want to save this UFC 184 (card)."

Enter "Rowdy."

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will now carry the card on her shoulders, as her title fight against Cat Zingano, which was set to serve as the co-headlining act, has been elevated to main event status.

For more on UFC 184, which also includes Holly Holm taking on Raquel Pennington and the return of Josh Koscheck, click here.

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