Chris Weidman successfully defeated another former UFC champion Saturday night at UFC 175, but the reigning middleweight titleholder isn’t really sure what happened.
Weidman, who scored a decision victory over Lyoto Machida in the main event, was pushed the full 25 minutes for the first time in his career. His two previously-scheduled five-round fights ended in the second with finishes of Anderson Silva.
“I was just in the moment,” Weidman said. “It’s hard to think about it right now. I probably (was hurt), but I can’t remember right now.”
Weidman (12-0), who turned 30 years old last month, overcame the challenge of Machida after recovering quickly from knee surgery that postponed the world title fight. The two were set to meet in May, but the date was changed after Weidman required the operation.
In going the distance, Weidman was forced to overcome a fourth round that was dominated by Machida. “The Dragon” seemed to be the fresher fighter, and Weidman gave him credit afterwards.
“He’s as good as I thought,” he said. “He is tough as nails and an awesome fighter. It was a great fight.”
Machida (21-5) had his two-fight win streak snapped and fell to 4-3 in his last seven overall.
“The plan was to keep the fight standing,” Machida said. “He is a true champion and deserving of having the title. I will be back stronger.”