It took more than three years for the hand of Chris Weidman be raised again in the middle of the octagon of UFC, so now it could receive a star. In the UFC Fight Night Las Vegas 6 co-feature, the former Middleweight monarch did just enough to narrowly beat an Omari Akhmedov, who has not known defeat for six matches. With his place secured back in the top 15, there are three fights that make the most sense for the All-American, taking into account ranking position and current win-loss streak.
With his history of knockouts, the least convenient for Weidman would be throwing him back into the shark tank, which is the top 5 in the division. This being the case, a fight with number fourteen in the rankings, Marvin vettori, it would be a good test to see where he stands against a legitimate Middleweight who is also looking to prove himself against a big name fighter. The Italian is on a three-game win streak and even drew with Akhmedov at UFC 219. But more importantly, he is not a fighter with knockout power, so that would play in favor of a Weidman.
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Of the three options considered, Derek Brunson it is the most dangerous. Not counting Weidman and Yoel Romero, this is the most overwhelming pure fighter in the division. A hypothetical fight with another fighter of that caliber could translate into something totally standing up. Just like what was seen of Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington at UFC 245. On paper, if this version of Brunson is paired with the Weidman we saw last Saturday, the Serra-Longo Fight Team fighter would be prematurely exposing himself to a new loss by KO. But, with the North Carolina native occupying the seventh box in the ranking, it’s a more than feasible fight.
With the New Yorker eager to close the gap in qualifying, a clash with number six, Darren till, would facilitate his return to the top 5. The Liverpool native has not shown his best side since being brutally knocked out by Jorge Masvidal at UFC London in May 2019. In turn, he has suffered his first loss at 185 pounds at hands of the ex-champion, Robert Whittaker, in the star of the UFC Fight Island 3. Therefore, this would also be another accessible to climb a good number of positions.
Yes Weidman is still a star under the eyes of the UFCIt is difficult to imagine a fight with the Briton taking place, because neither could really afford another loss, especially the former Welterweight contender, who is 1 – 3 in his last four contests. But, if the organization runs out of options, this pairing would leave the winner in good shape: The 36-year-old veteran would be on the edge of the top 5 and Till would claim his first victory over a former champion.