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Chris Weidman not yet ready to retire: 'I've been feeling amazing'


Nearing the end of his career, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman faces Bruno Silva on this weekend’s UFC fight card in Atlantic City.

Weidman won the 185-pound title be dethroning UFC Hall of Famer Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in July 2013.  He successfully defended the title three times before losing to Luke Rockhold in December 2015.  Weidman struggled since losing his belt.  

Those struggles were precipitated when he suffered a broken leg in his UFC 261 bout against Uriah Hall in April 2021.  Weidman, in an ironic twist, suffered the same injury Silva sustained during their rematch UFC168.    

Weidman lost five out of seven fights prior to the match with Hall.  He suffered setbacks during his recovery and would not return to the octagon until over two years.  In his return bout at UFC 292 in August 2023, Weidman was defeated by Brad Tavares.  

Weidman, 39, has lost seven of his nine previous fights. He also hasn’t been able to win back-to-back in the past nine years. His fight against Bruno Silva may be his last.    

“I’m undefeated here in Atlantic City.”  It’s where my career began.  Sincerly, I was thinking, “Oh, man, that’d be a great place to work…”

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