After recovering from neck surgery, former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman is ready to get back in the octagon.
Weidman appeared on the latest episode of MMAJunkie Radio, and said that he is not just ready to go for UFC 204, but is also open to fighting at the following pay-per-view UFC 205, which will be the first UFC show to take place at Madison Square Garden/.
“I’ve been healthy for the past four weeks,” Weidman said. “I got completely cleared by the doctor, the surgeon who did the work. So I’ll be ready for UFC 205 easy. I’ll even be ready if someone drops out of that England fight, I’ll jump in there. And then I’ll fight a month later in New York if I have to. Actually, I would love to. That would be awesome. That would be the best-case scenario."
Weidman said that if Dan Henderson, who is challenging UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping at UFC 204, got injured, he is more than ready to step in on short notice. Wridman believes that he would take care of Bisping easily, leaving Weidman to be healthy enough to compete in UFC 205.
“If it was Dan Henderson who got injured, I’d definitely jump in there to fight Bisping, and I’m pretty sure I could get out of there unscathed," Weidman said. "Obviously, I’d take it very seriously and try not to get ‘Rockholded.’ But I have a feeling I’d get out of there without getting beaten up, and then I have to fight at MSG. I have to be at the first event in New York. I’d love to fight a month later.”
Weidman was a huge advocate for the legalization of professional MMA in New York. as he's a native of the sport. UFC 204 takes place October 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England while UFC 205 takes place November 12.