Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was set to face current title holder Luke Rockhold in a rematch for 185-pound gold at UFC 199 next month in Inglewood, Calif. Unfortunately, Weidman was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.
On Wednesday morning, Weidman took to social media to release a lengthy statement detailing his current situation.
According to Weidman, he is suffering from a “large extrusion herniation, which was stuck on a nerve that shuts down the tricep and and forearm area.”
Initially, Weidman tried to fight through the pain, but his family considered him to withdraw.
“The people I trusted most were not behind me fighting and pushing through. So before getting the second epidural I decided to give the UFC a fair amount of time to find another opponent for Luke. This was obviously a fight bigger than any for me and I trained harder and smarter then ever but apparently GOD has other plans for me,” Weidman wrote on Facebook.
Weidman went on to add that his is expected to undergo surgery which could keep him out of action for six to eight weeks.
Despite the unfortunate situation, Weidman is focused on his recovery and is eyeing a November return which would allow him to earn a spot on the UFC’s debut card in New York at Madison Square Garden.
You can read the entire statement below:
Currently, there is no replacement for Weidman at UFC 199.
Outside of Rockhold’s title defense, UFC 199 also features a bantamweight championship bout between current champ Dominick Cruz and his long-time rival, Urijah Faber.
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