Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman underwent successful neck surgery earlier this week. He’s already refocusing on new titleholder Michael Bisping and a return to action UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Weidman, according to an MMAFighting.com report, had neck surgery on Wednesday and returned home the same night. He should be able to resume hard sparring in six weeks. If there are no setbacks, that would easily align him for the UFC’s New York City debut.
Though he had been slated to rematch Luke Rockhold, the man who took the belt from him, Weidman’s neck issues forced him out of the fight. Rockhold subsequently fought and lost the title to Bisping. Not worried about avenging the loss to Rockhold, Weidman is ready to skip past him and call Bisping’s bluff.
“I’ve been sorting (expletive) out. When I beat Luke Rockhold, Weidman can be my first defense, and I’ll shut that (expletive) up once and for all,” Bisping said prior to UFC 199. Weidman intends to hold the new champ to his word.
“Hey (Michael Bisping), was it a lil easier sayin my name before the opportunity of fighting me came? I don’t hear you now,” Weidman wrote on Instagram on Thursday.
“I’m sorted out, bum. Let’s see you try to shut me up Nov 12th on the biggest stage in the world. The fairytale is over soon, believe you me.”