Chris Weidman ‘Probably Would’ve Retired’ If Bruno Silva ‘Beat The Crap Outta Me’

'The All-American' says retirement was in the back of his mind at UFC Atlantic City.

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Chris Weidman began his career in Atlantic City and it could have very well ended in the same place. Fortunately for him, that was not the case. 

Last weekend, we saw the former UFC Middleweight Champion rebound from back-to-back losses to Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall with a decision win over Bruno Silva. The performance itself wasn’t so clean with Weidman landing multiple eye pokes throughout the fight, with one particular eye poke in round 3 literally putting the finishing touches on the controversial fight.

Weidman Opens Up Post-Fight

Other than that, Weidman was ahead of the younger Silva just about everywhere. Had things gone the opposite direction against the Brazilian “Blindado”, Weidman admits he likely would have called it a career at the Boardwalk Hall on Saturday.

“I think I probably would’ve retired if I didn’t perform out there,” Weidman admitted on ‘The MMA Hour‘. “If he came at me and beat the crap outta me, yeah, I think I was gonna put my gloves down.”

‘If I Didn’t Perform Well, I Think I Was Done’

Following two devastating losses, Weidman was flooded with messages asking him to retire. ‘The All-American’ brushed off the idea in the lead-up to his fight with Silva at UFC Atlantic City, but now admits the thought crossed his mind. 

“I didn’t tell [anyone], I didn’t really even tell my wife or anybody that. In the back of my head, I was like… ’cause all my training partners, my coaches, everybody, they think I’m better than ever. Like, they can’t believe how good I am. They think I can become one of the best guys in the world again.

“But in my head I’m like, man, I’ve done everything already. I know my potential and I know what they see. I know I could be in there with anybody. But, if I’m not able to put it together in the UFC in the cage in front of everybody, then I’m not I’m not gonna do it anymore. So if I didn’t perform well, I think I was done.”

Blowing out the candles for his 4oth birthday later this year, we’ll see how many more fights are left in Chris Weidman’s career. The former UFC Champion has one more fight left on his UFC contract and has considered the possibility of fighting longtime rival Anderson Silva in the boxing ring rather than the Octagon.

Published on April 3, 2024 at 5:01 pm
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