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Chris Weidman on teammate Eddie Gordon: 'I think he's a 170-pounder now'

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The UFC middleweight champion speaks out on the struggling teammate Eddie "Truck" Gordon.

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After a successful stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 that culminated in a Middleweight tournament win, Eddie Gordon has seen his once promising mixed martial arts (MMA) career take a turn for the worse.

The 31-year-old was finished for the second time in three fights, suffering his third-straight loss (highlights here) to Antonio Carlos Jr. at UFC Fight Night 70. For the better part of the 14-minute affair, Gordon was outmatched and overwhelmed, succumbing to the pressure and takedowns of his much stronger Brazilian counterpart.

It is not as if the Jamaican made it much of a fight as he was usually a step behind Carlos Jr. for much of the bout, which ended in a rear-naked choke tap for "Truck." Now, as he sits on the brink of receiving the ax from his employer, Middleweight champion Chris Weidman has brought a bit more clarity to the ongoing struggles of his Serra-Long Fight Team cohort.

"He's a hard worker. He was having weight cut issues and finally he did it the right way," said Weidman. "I think he's almost too small. I think he's a 170-pounder now."

Prior to the Carlos Jr. loss, Gordon had lost a decision to Chris Dempsey in April and a devastating knockout to fellow TUF alum Josh Samman in Dec. 2014. Neither fight was all that memorable.

Particularly in the Dempsey loss, Gordon had made a considerable effort to take the fight to his opponent. However, his defense eroded as the rounds lead on. Two of the judges agreed, but the same can't be said for the rest of the MMA media watching.

The former Ring of Combat Light Heavyweight champion looked to be in peak condition prior to his match up with Carlos Jr. Based upon his billed height and reach it would seem that Gordon is in-line with most UFC middleweights, but alas that has not been the case of late.

We have seen cases in the past of fighters receiving second chances despite carrying a three-fight skid. However, that usually involves a combatant who has felt the wrath of the judges or is a fan favorite such as a Dan Hardy. I don't think anybody questions Gordon's dedication, or his personality for that matter, but the way he has looked recently makes it a tough sell to UFC president Dana White.

Whatever the case may be, his teammate has his back.

"Hopefully, he gets another shot in the UFC. I want the best for him," Weidman said. "I don't know what's going to happen with him. I actually have to talk to him. I'm there in the Octagon with all of my teammates."

Would you have "Truck" back for another go?