Chris Weidman knows the importance of his next fight due to his history coming into it and how he needs a win.
Weidman will fight Omari Akhmedov this coming Saturday night at the UFC on ESPN+32 event.
Weidman has lost five of his past six and is coming off an unsuccessful performance when he dropped a first-round knockout loss against Dominick Reyes at UFC on ESPN 6 in October in Boston.
It’ll serve as the co-main event as Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik is booked for the main event.
Chris Weidman Needs A Win
“It’s a very tough sport. It’s a fickle sport,” Weidman said when speaking to MMA Fighting. “The fans are definitely tough. But it’s also kind of motivating. You want to remind them. I’m 1-5 in my last six fights. But you look at who I fought and then one person I beat [Kelvin Gastelum] and he’s done pretty good himself. In all those fights, other than my [Dominick] Reyes fight, I was winning the fight. It’s just kind of the way it works sometimes.”
“I need to get a freaking ‘W,” Weidman said. “I need to get back on my winning ways. I think I have a lot of advantages in this fight but when you’re in there, you never know what’s going to happen.
“I’m taking it very serious. He’s tough but when I look at the guys I’ve fought, I don’t think he’s up there as far as the most talented. I think that’s a fair statement without knocking him. My goal is to go in there and show there’s different levels to this game,” Weidman said. “I’ve been training consistently longer than I probably have in a very long time. I think that’s going to pay off in this fight.”