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Weidman Says He ‘Needed and Deserved’ to Lose

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Chris Weidman has reached out to his fans for the first time since losing his middleweight title to Luke Rockhold Saturday night at UFC 194.

He wrote on all of his social media profiles Monday:

“I will remember this moment for ever. It has already changed me for the better. The motivation I have inside myself has never been stronger. I did not feel like myself in there for many reasons but it was a loss that I needed and deserved. I have been playing back different moments in the fight where I didn’t do or react the way I should have but this was all part of a true master plan that God has in store for me. I will be back and I will be champion again. I just wanna let everyone know that I am ok. I am so blessed with an amazing family, friends, team and fans. Thank you all so much for the support. It means more now than ever.”

Previously unbeaten through 13 professional contests, Weidman suffered his first loss Saturday via fourth-round TKO. “The All-American” first won the title by defeating a man considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time in Anderson Silva in 2013. He followed up his shocking defeat of “The Spider” by defeating Silva once more in a subsequent rematch five months later. Weidman would go on to defend his middleweight title two more times against two other former UFC champions in Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.


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