Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman knows he needs to get back to winning ways on Saturday at UFC 210 in Buffalo.
Weidman lost the belt to Luke Rockhold then missed a rematch due to injury. He then lost his next fight to Yoel Romero and finds himself facing a third straight defeat if things don’t go to plan against Gegard Mousasi.
“As much as you don’t want to pay attention you know what people are thinking,” Weidman told FOX Sports. “I love being motivated by doubters. There’s definitely a lot of doubters right now who think I’m done and I’m far from done. It excites me and helps me push during every one of those workouts. Not only to become the best I can be everybody but on top to prove some people wrong, it’s an awesome spot to be in. It’s a great time.”
Weidman feels in his last loss against Yoel Romero that he was winning until he made a mistake.
“It’s not like I have to go back to the drawing board and become a completely different fighter after watching that fight,” Weidman explained. “I felt like I was winning the fight. I felt like I made one mistake, which cost me the fight. Technically when you’re going against a southpaw, you don’t want to shoot to anywhere on his left hip because that’s his power left hand and power left kick and power left knee. So you always want to stay away from that and I stayed disciplined with all my other takedowns, my head was on the other side.
“In the third round I think he came off the stool kind of late and I felt like he was tired and I felt like I was going to pick up the pace and I got lazy with that one takedown and did something I know I’m not supposed to do and he made me pay for it. It’s just a technical mishap.”
Weidman realises if he wants to get back into title contention then defeat is not an option on Saturday.
“This is everything. This is everything for me,” Weidman said. “This is my path back to the top or it isn’t. I need to do everything I can possible in training camp. No box is unchecked. Just do everything I possibly can. When I do that, there’s nobody who can beat me.
“I feel so good in this camp. I haven’t felt this good in a while and I’m just hoping that translates to a dominant win. I know it will. He’s a dangerous guy, he’s experienced but I don’t think he has anything for me. I think I’m going to be too much for him.”