As a native of Baldwin, New York, Chris Weidman always dreamed of fighting in his home state, but in two outings in front of his hometown fans, the former UFC middleweight champion has had nightmarish results.
Following a knockout loss to Yoel Romero at Madison Square Garden back in November, Weidman followed it up with a bizarre TKO setback against Gegard Mousasi at UFC 210 in Buffalo that was caused by a mistaken stoppage by the referee in the second round of competition.
“My dream was to always fight in New York, but all my coaches and everyone around me are like, ‘You’re not fighting in New York anymore. This is crap,” Weidman said. “I understand this sucks. It’s a really crappy situation. I don’t know what’s going on with the commission.
“The head of the commission straight-up said, ‘There’s no such thing as replay in this state,’ so why the hell did this happen to me?”
After an exchange where Weidman got the full mount and later, took the back of his opponent during the second round, Mousasi scrambled to his feet.
Weidman put two hands on the mat, but one came off before Mousasi threw the first knee. Although Weidman returned his left hand to the mat, meaning he was considered a downed fighter, Mousasi’s thrust while lifting his right knee took away the fourth point of contact with the canvas.
During the sequence, referee Dan Miragliotta called a stop to the bout because of the alleged use of an illegal knee from Mousasi. However, after an unsanctioned use of replay, the knee was ruled legal, as Weidman was not considered a downed fighter.
Then, doctors entered the cage and ruled that Weidman could not continue, thus handing a technical knockout victory to Mousasi.
“I only saw the replay on the big screen, and it’s just a very confusing situation,” Weidman said. “I guess if you slow it down, my hand came up when he pulled me up at the same time. It’s just one of those crappy situations. The ref thought it was illegal and he stopped it. It’s also like a new rule with the two-hand thing. It’s just a sucky situation for me to be in.
“I want to appeal the decision, but I want a rematch. If they stop the fight and they go off the decision for the rest of it, I win the fight because of the illegal knee if there’s no such thing as the five minutes to collect yourself.”
Although Weidman was not happy with the decision, he promises not to let his third straight defeat be the end of his career.
“At the end of the day, the people in New York got screwed. I got screwed, and it just sucks,” Weidman said. “I was very confident I would win the fight, so it’s going to be a tough pill to swallow. I’ve been there before and I’ll come back.”