This Saturday, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will defend his title for the second time, squaring off against Lyoto Machida at UFC 175. The pair were originally scheduled to fight in May at UFC 173, after Machida replaced the ineligible Vitor Belfort, though Weidman suffered a knee injury which forced the bout’s postponement.
Chris Weidman is still undefeated as a professional, amassing a stellar 11-0 record which includes seven wins inside the Octagon. After an impressive short notice debut win over Alessio Sakara, Weidman has gone from prospect to contender over the course of a fine UFC run, earning himself a title shot after a breakthrough performance against Mark Munoz in July 2012.
The Serra-Longo product didn’t spoil his opportunity in the spotlight, and handed Anderson Silva his first loss in the UFC with a second round TKO win. Though under different circumstances, Weidman repeated the feat in the rematch with Silva after the Brazilian suffered a horrific leg injury, though Weidman impressed with his striking in the first round, dropping the former champion.
Now, Chris Weidman squares off with yet another Brazilian former UFC title holder.
In Lyoto Machida, Weidman will face a man who was once in a similar position to himself. Formerly seen as the ‘next big thing’, Machida delivered on the promises and racked up an impressive 8-0 record to start his UFC career, including winning the UFC light heavyweight title and defending it once.
Machida ultimately lost the title in his rematch with Shogun Rua, and failed on his attempt at regaining his belt in a fight with Jon Jones at UFC 140. ‘The Dragon’ has since moved down to middleweight and beaten Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi in fine performances, putting himself in title contention yet again. Now 36, time is running out for the Brazilian to recapture UFC gold, but his recent form inside the Octagon makes another UFC title a possibility.
Check out the Countdown show for the UFC middleweight title contest, which will headline UFC 175 at Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, NV.