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UFC on FOX 25: Despite three-fight losing streak, Chris Weidman believes he’s still the best in the world

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If you judge Chris Weidman by his last three performances, you wouldn’t believe he’s the same man who dethroned Anderson Silva from the top of the Middleweight mountain, and then defeated him again six months later.

Having not tasted victory over the last two years, “All American” is on a very cold streak, dropping three straight to Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, and more recently Gegard Mousasi.

The unprecedented skid hasn’t done much to rattle his confidence, as Weidman firmly believes he’s still the best in the world and being one step faster in any of those three fights could’ve easily meant he’d be on a three-fight winning streak.

“Every one of those fights I lost, I was winning those fights and it isn’t like those guys showed they have more potential than me or that their ability is better and I wasn’t in their league,” he said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “There were times in those fights where it might have looked the other way, where I was leaps and bounds above them. All of them. They got their hands raised that night. They figured out a way to win,” he added.

“They got their hands raised and I didn’t, but that doesn’t dictate my potential or where I am in the division. I feel like I’m the best in the world. I just have to go out there and be relaxed and be confident and I don’t think any one of these guys could beat me.”

Weidman will look to snap out of his funk when he faces off against Kelvin Gastelum this weekend (Sat., July 22, 2017) in the main event of UFC on FOX 25 inside NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, New York. It’s a task that will prove to be tough, as Kelvin has been on a tear as of late, taking out Vitor Belfort, Tim Kennedy, and Johny Hendricks in his last three outings.

“I respect Kelvin and he’s beaten some good guys in the middleweight division, no question about it,” Weidman said. “I just know what I can do and what I am capable of. I lost those three fights and that changes the way other people look at me, but not the way I view myself. There are different reasons I lost each one of them and to be honest, I had the worst night of my life three nights in a row.”

Though he never really left, Weidman says people will get to see the old “All American” come fight night.

“I feel people are going to see the old Chris Weidman on Saturday,” he said. “I don’t even want to say the old Chris Weidman, because that kind of makes it seem like I’ve been gone. I haven’t. I’m still here, right at the top. That’s just how I feel. I’m prepared to go out there to prove I’m the best.”

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