Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will be cornering welterweight Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in his main event clash with Rory MacDonald tonight (June 18, 2016), and also took some time to attend a Q&A session with fans yesterday.
Weidman was asked on his thoughts on Michael Bisping winning the 185-pound title from Luke Rockhold, the man who beat Weidman for the strap last December, at UFC 199 earlier this month:
“I guess it’s something I gotta get used to, for at least a little bit,” Weidman said Friday (Courtesy of FOX Sports) “It’s just a reality that has happened, because of me, because I got injured.
“He should be kissing my feet right now, instead he’s not saying my name. It’s a smart move.
“His thing is to definitely try to keep that belt as long as he possibly can and he doesn’t want to look at me. And I understand that, good for him, he’s smart.”
‘The All American’ was then asked how he felt about Dan Henderson possibly getting the first title shot at Michael Bisping, given the men’s history with one another:
“You have to realize, you start doing these kind of things in the division, where does it send the division? What is the point of working your way into the top 5? What’s the point? I understand what people want to see. If that’s what people want to see, that’s probably what’s going to happen.
“At the end of the day I love Henderson just like anybody else does. I mean, he’s 46 years old and he’s getting a knockout in his last fight — he’s probably one of my favorite fighters in the UFC.
“But at the end of the day, he’s in my weight class and like I said, I need that belt.
“He’s ranked 13th and I’m ranked No. 2, and I’m the closest guy to Bisping that he hasn’t fought … he’s over in Manchester celebrating right now. He wants to hold that belt for as many months as possible.”
While it was no secret Rockhold became a lot more vocal after beating Weidman for the belt at UFC 194, Weidman was asked how satisfying it was to see the now-former champ eat a slice of humble pie:
“I was about a five,” Weidman said. “It was bittersweet. It was nice to see Rockhold get humbled a little bit.
“On the other side, I wanted to be the guy to do that. And even afterward I was kind of happy for Bisping. The guy had an opportunity — again, thanks to me — and he made the most of it.
“Rockhold is definitely a bigger d*****bag than Bisping, and Bisping is a pretty big d*****bag.”
UFC Fight Night 89 is live from the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada, live on FS1 tonight (June 18, 2016).