Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Chris Weidman will return to the Octagon on April 8 when he tangles with streaking contender Gegard Mousasi at the UFC 210 pay-per-view (PPV) event, set for KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.
It may be a step down in competition, based on comments the “All American” made to Submission Radio earlier this week, but I guess that’s to be expected after coming up short in back-to-back fights.
“I want the best guys, I want the guys that… I mean, when have I ever fought a guy who wasn’t a top guy? And Mousasi would be almost a step down from the level of guys I’ve been fighting. And he’s on a nice win streak, he’s developed a name for himself, he’s experienced, he’s been around, but I feel like every time he’s stepped up and fought a top-notch guy I think he came a little bit short. I don’t think he’s beat a top, top guy before. And honestly, I haven’t really watched him too much. I watched him more like live. I haven’t like scouted him or anything like that. Like my coaches are obviously, but I haven’t really watched too much video on him so I don’t really know his history.”
Mousasi (41-6-2) is currently riding a four-fight win streak.
Weidman (13-2) is trying to slam the brakes on a two-fight skid. After coughing up his middleweight title to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194, the “All American” was planished by 185-pound bruiser Yoel Romero at UFC 205.
Not that a Mousasi win expedites his journey back to the title, which must first go through the aforementioned Romero. Unfortunately, “Soldier of God” is forced to sit and wait for the winner of this.