Just a little more than two weeks before his next title defense, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman won’t be able to enjoy his Thanksgiving dinner quite like the rest of us.
“My wife’s going to make me a separate meal, so it’s not going to be everything I want,” Weidman said to MMAjunkie Radio recently. “But it’s alright. I like to be disciplined, and it’s sacrifices like that that make everything pay off at the end.”
Weidman, who fights at 185 pounds, says he’s keeping his weight down particularly low before this particular title defense. Whereas most middleweights walk into fight week with about 10-15 pounds left to shed, Weidman says he’s down to that weight right now, needing less than 10 pounds to make the middleweight championship limit.
“I really didn’t get out of shape between fights, and it kept my weight down low,” Weidman said. “I’ve been just living a healthy lifestyle. I don’t drink any more, so I think that keeps the weight down, too.”
“The All-American” faces Rockhold in the co-main event at UFC 194 on Dec. 12 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It’s the fourth time he’ll attempt to defend his title, with previous successful defenses coming against legendary Brazilian fighters in former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, ex-UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and former light heavyweight titleholder Vitor Belfort.
The Longo-Serra standout last competed in May of this year, defeating Belfort in a first-round TKO at UFC 187 after about a year of back-and-forth verbal assaults between the two rivals.