Chris Weidman is ready to be welcomed to light heavyweight by the undefeated Dominick Reyes at UFC Boston.
It looks like Chris Weidman will finally make his long awaited return to the octagon. And the former middleweight champ will, as speculated, make the move to light heavyweight. According to a report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Weidman (14-4) will meet surging 205lb’er Dominick Reyes (11-0) at UFC Boston.
The Fight Night event, technically UFC on ESPN 6, takes place at the TD Garden on October 18, a rare Friday show for the promotion.
Weidman last competed at UFC 230 in New York City in 2018. That outing saw him knocked out by Jacare Souza in the third round of a Fight of the Night effort. Prior to that, the ex-champ had captured a win against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25 in July 2017.
Needless to say, staying healthy has been a huge issue for Weidman, who has made it to the octagon just five times in roughly four years. He’s 1-4 in his last five, which also includes losses to Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, and Gegard Mousasi.
Fellow middleweight champ Rockhold made his own excursion to 205lbs recently, to less than favorable results. Weidman will be looking for a better outcome against Reyes, who has won five fights in the UFC since joining the promotion in 2017. Most recently, he earned a split decision against Volkan Oezdemir. Prior to that, he picked up a win against former title contender Ovince St. Preux at UFC 229.
While bout agreements are expected to be signed in the coming days, Weidman and Reyes are already sparring on Twitter.
Did you forget you had a controversial split decision win your last fight? You think u would deserve a title shot ? And about taking my head I look forward to making you humble. https://t.co/GHva7RY2Z9
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) July 23, 2019