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UFC 210: Chris Weidman, Gegard Mousasi one step closer for a title shot; Michael Bisping itching to fight ‘The All-American’

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Chris Weidman (Photo courtesy: Darren Elkins/Flickr.com)
Chris Weidman (Photo courtesy: Darren Elkins/Flickr.com)

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is set to face Gegard Mousasi at UFC 210 on Apr. 8 in Buffalo.

Gegard Mousasi, who ranks 5th in UFC middleweight division, finally gets the chance to fight a big name since joining UFC. The 31-year-old Dutch mixed martial artist remains unbeaten in his last four fights. In December, Mousasi expressed his intention to fight Chris Weidman but the former champ remained undecided.

UFC grants Gegard Mousasi’s wish

However, on Thursday, the UFC confirmed the middleweight bout between the two fighters at UFC 210 that will take place in Buffalo. Weidman reigned as the UFC middleweight champion for two years after beating Anderson Silva. Unfortunately, in his fourth title defense at UFC 194, Weidman lost to Luke Rockhold via TKO in the fourth round.

Rockhold gave Weidman a rematch at UFC 199 but the latter pulled out of the fight after suffering an injury. Current champ Michael Bisping replaced him on a short notice and succeeded to upset Rockhold. Since winning the middleweight belt, Bisping expressed his desire to fight Chris Weidman.

At UFC 205, Weidman faced Yoel Romero to strengthen his chance for a title shot. Bisping, who’s quietly watching the bout, expected Weidman to win. However, Romero knocked out the former champ in the third round and immediately called out Bisping.

After losing to Romero, Weidman knew he needs to work harder to be given the chance to fight for the title. As of now, he’s the No. 4 UFC middleweight contender.

“There’s definitely some contenders (ahead of me), but I feel like one or two, possibly three — I don’t know how many wins it will take (to get back into title contention), but I want to do it fast, though,” Weidman said.

Meanwhile, Gegard Mousasi won his last three bouts via knockout. These include a victory against Vitor Belfort, Thiago Santos, and Uriah Hall. Mousasi became a four-time world champion before joining the UFC. The 31-year-old Dutch mixed martial artist believes that the only thing left for him is getting a title shot.

Photo courtesy: Darren Elkins/Flickr.com

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