Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, has one of the worst records in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) when it comes to debilitating injuries, rivaling the oft-hurt Dominick Cruz in the “oh shit, not again” category.
His latest setback stems from a hand injury suffered in his submission win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25 last July (more on that here), one that was expected to be — but wasn’t — corrected by way of surgery.
From his conversation with the Slip ‘N Dip podcast:
“I had a surgery back after my Gastleum fight and I’ve been on the sidelines and I’ve had some great opportunities offered and I couldn’t take them because I was trying to get the hand better. And I pretty much found out that it’s not going to get better. I need to get another surgery. So I am getting another surgery in a week and a half. It could be a two-to-three month recovery and then I should be good to go. It’s been a tough last eight months.”
That puts an “All American” return somewhere in the vicinity of mid-summer.
Fortunately for Weidman, he’s currently ranked No. 4 in the division, which continues to search for its identity after burning through a couple of big names in the past few months. As it stands, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero will collide for “The Reaper’s” middleweight strap this June in Chicago.
Weidman will be 34 when — and if — he finally returns to action.