Chris Weidman managed to make it to the end line Saturday in opposition to Brad Tavares of their bout at UFC 292 in Boston, Massachusetts. Contemplating the grotesque damaged proper leg he suffered in 2021 in opposition to Uriah Corridor, that’s an achievement in and of itself.
However Tavares had a superb sport plan and comprehensively beat Weidman from begin to end. All three judges had it 30-27 for Tavares, who had incentive of his personal to battle arduous. Whereas a lot of the pre-fight consideration targeted on Weidman, Tavares was motivated to battle for his house state. Tavares is Hawaiian and was intent on placing on a present to elevate the spirits of these in his house state struggling after the fires in Maui.
Weidman, the previous UFC middleweight champion, got here to the cage to a thunderous ovation. And all through the bout, the followers at TD Backyard chanted, “Let’s go Weidman!” in an try and inspire him to a storybook victory.
It wasn’t to be, although. Weidman was 0-for-8 on takedowns and was left limping badly from Tavares’ kicks. Tavares kicked Weidman’s lead leg so arduous and so typically that Weidman was unable to completely put his weight on it. By the center level of the battle, Weidman needed to battle out of a southpaw stance, the place the injured proper leg was in entrance.
Weidman was capable of verify a lot of the kicks that had been geared toward his proper leg, however Tavares beat up his left so badly that Weidman had little probability. Tavares was an astounding 41-of-45 vital strikes on the leg, whereas Weidman landed two of his three kicks.
Weidman landed a couple of proper arms that excited the group, however he wasn’t capable of observe up.
He is now left with a giant choice. The loss was his seventh in his final 9 fights and he is a great distance away from being in competition.
The comeback was a stirring story and confirmed unbelievable will and coronary heart, however now he should determine upon his future.