Chris Weidman Says Michael Bisping Would Be Easiest Fight of His Career
Having lost his UFC middleweight belt 11 months ago and then gone through the additional pain of having to withdraw from his rematch in June due to an injury, Chris Weidman hasn't exactly had the best 2016.
The New York native gets the chance to improve matters when he meets Yoel Romero on November 12 at MSG, knowing that a good win will put him right back in the title picture. Speaking to Gotham magazine earlier this week, Weidman said he was confident he'd do exactly that in 10 days and that he'd already figured out his path to victory.
"My usual game plan is to pressure," Weidman said. "I'm usually a little longer, so keep my range, walk him down, and make him work.
"From the wrestling to the striking, wrestling, back to the striking, get to the ground, nonstop movement. As long as we're moving and I'm putting pressure on him, it's a good thing for me."
Talk quickly moved to Weidman's thoughts on the current UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping. Suffice to say the American didn't have much love for the Brit, who over the last few weeks has taken his own jabs at Weidman in the media.
"Yeah, I think if I win this fight the way I think I should win it, I think it's a no-brainer that I'd be able to fight for the title," Weidman said. "As far as Bisping, I really don't have any ill will towards the guy, but this is a guy who's crapped on my career since I got into the sport.
"I got into the UFC and a couple fights in, I'm fighting for the title against Anderson Silva. I was undefeated, and Bisping has been in the division for a long time and never had fought for the title. Here comes this young kid that surpasses him. I felt like there was a lot of bitterness and jealousy on his part. He would just rip apart every win I had. He couldn't wait [and] when I finally lost--the guy went even harder. He's a talker, and he doesn't bother me too much."
Asked whether he thought he'd match up well with Bisping, Weidman's answer was as expected.
"I think, to be honest with you, he'd probably be the easiest fight I've had in a long time," Weidman said. "There's no such thing as an easy fight, but like I said, he would be the one easy fight.
"He would be the easiest fight of my career, including Reubem Lopes, the guy I fought for my first fight ever. He was 0-0, undefeated fighter. I think he [Bisping] might be even easier than that."