Chris Weidman was all set to rematch current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold, which was primed to go down this weekend (Sat., June 4, 2016) in Los Angeles, California.
But then an unfortunate neck injury forced "All American" to the sidelines, and subsequently catapulted Michael Bisping to his first-ever world title fight.
Now, Weidman could be facing surgery on his neck, as he revealed on The MMA Hour that while he is waiting to hear back on several other options, the more likely scenario is that he will be going under the knife in the weeks to come.
"I'm most likely getting surgery this next week coming up, or the week after. I'm still hearing back from a few doctors, listening to different opinions and options. I went to Pittsburgh, I've had face time videos chats with different doctors around the country, went to the city multiple times. So I've been getting as many options as possible, because when you are dealing with a neck injury, someone is going to be digging into my neck with a knife; I am going to have to be comfortable with it and understand everything that goes with it. That's kind of what I have been up to. As far as living everyday life, it's gotten better, the pain has calm down after I got a second epidural injection. Now I can go through everyday life without taking painkillers. For two weeks I was taking painkillers nonstop, and at night I couldn't sleep. I was depressed and you don't want to be one of those guys that is always taking painkillers. I literally couldn't go through a normal day without them."
Weidman also revealed that there wasn't a specific incident that caused the problems, he woke up one day and the pain began thanks to two herniations and four bulging disks.
That said, the surgery will likely involved drilling a hole through the front of his neck, through the vertebrae and scoping out the herniation. "All American" says once the surgery is complete, his timeline of recovery should allow him to compete at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, 2016 in New York.
As far as the upcoming title fight between Rockhold and Bisping -- a matchup he says was a gift from him to Luke -- Chris says it's the "easiest fight for a champion in the history of title fights," saying that the only way "The Count" wins is if Rockhold somehow finds a way to mentally beat himself.
"I'll be watching. I'm sure it will bother me a little bit. But what are you going to do? I gave Luke a gift. I gave him two gifts. The first gift was me throwing that spinning back kick, the second was Bisping on a silver platter. It's the easiest title fight in the history of title fights. I don't know, if mentally somehow Rockhold just beats himself, I can't really see him losing. I'm not hoping for anything. May the best man win. but by looking at it, I don't think Bisping ha a chance. And that's not because Bisping has bad mouthed me with every word out of his mouth. It's just the truth."
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