UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker already busted Yoel Romero for the second time in the main event of UFC 225. Now, who will challenge Whittaker next, with two potential top contenders in line to take a spot, Kelvin Gastelum and Chris Weidman.
Kelvin Gastelum, who is coming off wins over Michael Bisping and Jacare Souza most recently. Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is coming off a win over none other than Kelvin Gastelum but also nursing his injured thumb since that fight.
Weidman makes a case as for why he deserves a next title shot in the division during his appearance on The MMA Hour. (Via MMAMania)
“Obviously for me that would be the best case is to fight for the title. Fighting Whittaker, that’s a guy I match up well with and that’s a guy I feel I can go out there and finish,” while declaring that he is the most decorated fighter in the division, who also happens to hold the most title defenses.
“I feel I am the most decorated guy in the division, I’ve had the most title defenses. I had a rough patch, I went undefeated my whole career, I lost one, happened to lose three in a row. My mind, I felt like it wasn’t in the fight spot,” he said. “I came back, got myself where I needed to be, got my mind back and I went out there and beat one of the top contenders, Kelvin Gastelum. I feel like I dominated the fight and went out there and finished him. I feel like you’re only as good as your last fight and I finished the other guy that we’re talking about in my last fight. I think I definitely deserve shot at the title. It will be a good fight.”
Weidman argues his accolades weighs more than his losses so he should be a frontrunner for a title shot. ‘The All American’ holds notable wins over the likes of Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida, Demian Maia and Anderson Silva.
Before his most recent win over Gastelum, Weidman was on a three-fight losing streak, Chris says you need to get past my losses and focus on my victories.
“If you’re going to start doing that, you are picking what is the worst look for me. If you’re going to go back, look at my whole career. If you’re going to start with my first losses, it’s going to look bad,” expressed Chris. “But if you look at my whole career, I’ve fought only the best guys in the world since I’ve been in UFC and I’ve done pretty damn good, have the most title defenses and I went through a little rough patch and I climbed my way out of it, I didn’t have any rough patches before that,” he said.
“There’s a lot of losses in Gastelum’s career that don’t look so good. We have one common, we fought each other so that answers the question. I went out there and I finished him, he had the same opportunity and he went out there and lost to me, so…”
Who do you think should challenge Whittaker next? Does Chris Weidman’s case make him deserving of “The Reaper” title fight?