In this anticipated card’s co-main event, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will take on dangerous Dutchman Gegard Mousasi. The bout will mark Weidman’s opportunity to bounce back from two straight losses: a TKO against Luke Rockhold, which marked the end of his title reign, and a thudding, third-round knockout dealt by Yoel Romero.
As Weidman’s shot at redemption looms on the horizon, his brother-in-law and training partner Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson spoke to BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor to discuss the former champ’s preparation for Mousasi.
“CHRIS IS EXCITED TO JUST GO OUT THERE AND DO WORK AGAINST MOUSASI,” THOMPSON SAID. “HE IS TRAINING HARD, HE IS FOCUSED, HE IS STRONG BOTH MENTALLY,PHYSICALLYAND EMOTIONALLY. I THINK HE IS GOING TO GO OUT THERE AND DO WORK. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE SURPRISED. IT DOESN’T BOTHER WEIDMAN ONE BIT THAT HE HAS BEENLABELLED THE UNDERDOGIN THIS FIGHT. HE DOESN’T CARE. HE WON’T THINK ABOUT THAT. HE JUST WANTS TO GO OUT THERE AN PERFORM THE BEST HE CAN AND I THINK HE WILL DO JUST THAT.”
“I MEAN EVEN WITH ROMERO, [WEIDMAN] WAS WINNING THAT FIGHT [AT UFC 205],” THOMPSON CONTINUED. “HE JUST ENDED UP CATCHING A KNEE AND SOMETIMES THAT IS JUST HOW IT HAPPENS. THAT IS WHAT MAKES THIS GAME SO EXCITING. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. BUT YEAH, CHRIS MAN, I’M TELLING YOU WEIDMAN IS JUST GOING TO GO OUT THERE AND DO WORK. I AM GOING TO BE THERE, IN-HOUSE, WATCHING HIM FIGHT TO CHEER HIM ON. HE WILL BE READY TO GO.”
Do you think Chris Weidman can correct his current slump against the dangerous Gegard Mousasi? Sound off, PENN Nation!
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 4/5/2017.