Chris Weidman Hopes to Return at Full Strength in 4 Months After Shoulder Surgery Wednesday

November 29, 2012
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Chris Weidman has gone through more personally and professionally than any fighter in the UFC possibly should over the last few weeks.

First, the fighter’s home was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy, and then just as he got back into training for his UFC 155 bout against Tim Boetsch, he suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder that forced him out of the fight and into surgery.

If there is a silver lining to this whole thing, it’s the recovery time that Weidman hopes to get through on his path back to the Octagon.

The New Yorker underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday to repair the damage, and he’s optimistic about his rehabilitation to get back in the cage very soon.

“Off to get surgery today. Excited to get this over with and come back stronger than ever,” Weidman wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday. “Had a torn labrum and rotator cuff, AC joint seperation and slight tear in ligament.”

“I’m told I’ll be at 100-percent at 4 months if everything goes smoothly.”

Weidman has been out of action since July, when he knocked out fellow top ten middleweight Mark Munoz, and he was hoping to close out the year with a win over Boetsch and earn a shot at the UFC middleweight title.

If his recovery goes as planned, Weidman should be able to return to full MMA training in early April 2013.

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  • Interesting to see where he stands and who he will face in his return. Look at what happened to Rashad Evans, he was #1 contender forever.

  • dqus

    Four months after all that? That’s fast.

    • Mark McDowall

      I agree…I had a buddy with a similar injury when he played college ball. He was NEVER the same, couldn’t get full strength back in his shoulder, almost constant pain and he gave it an entire off season to recoup.

      • dqus

        Almost without an exception shoulder injuries heal fully when operated on a dedicated athlete. They just take time. Significant progress can be made in 4 months but to think that he’d be able to train at 100% then already is ludicrous. I merely implied that he either hasn’t had all those things mentioned torn or he’s using substances to aid his recovery that Olympic level athletes I know haven’t had access to when rehabbing their operated shoulders.

        • Justaperson

          I completely agree. If all is wrong that he said is wrong, there is just no way he would be 100% in four months. 3 years back I had surgery on my rotator cuff and to repair three muscles in my shoulder, two of which were 90% torn (hanging by a thread). They wouldn’t even allow me to start basic therapy for I think a bit over a month and I wasn’t doing a throwing motion for 6 months (and that was painful). I realize they get better and more focused treatment than myself but the body can only heal so fast.

          It’s too bad… I was really hoping to see Boetsch stop his mouth. Weidman is an incredible talent but he is taking a bit too much from the Chael playbook and needs to be given a reality check.

          • Mark McDowall

            That entire second paragraph is awesome!! I can’t agree with you more…

  • thank god, now you guys can shut up about Weidman getting a title shot