Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman pulled out of his title rematch against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 due to injury. Weidman revealed that he suffered from herniated disc in his neck that will require surgery.
“I am being told I’m going to need surgery. Either they take the disc out or they fuse it and I have to meet with surgeons today to figure out what they will do. The good thing is it is c6-7 which is low in the neck, so I will have a full range of motion either way and will be back better than ever. I’m told its six-to-eight week recovery for the disc coming out and twelve weeks for a fusion,” Weidman wrote on his official Facebook page.
After the news spread, former WWE superstar and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle reached out to Weidman and offered help. Angle, who won the Gold Medal with broken freakin’ neck, had his fair share of neck issues and knows a thing or two about it.
@ChrisWeidmanUFC Chris, give me a follow. I can help you at with the neck situation. Prayers are with You
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) May 18, 2016
Thank you. Just followed and DMed u. https://t.co/aFymVH4mn4
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) May 18, 2016
The 47-year-old wrestler broke his neck a total of five times throughout his career. He is now a semi-retired performer hoping to have one more run in the WWE.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Michael Bisping will be replacing Weidman in the main event and Rockhold for the championship. It will be his first-ever title shot in the UFC even though he is one of the winningest fighters in the promotion’s history.
“I am faster than this guy (Rockhold). I’m smarter than he is. And I have a better fight IQ. Speed, fight IQ, that’s what I bring to the table. I believe this is my destiny,” Bisping said.
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