Chris Weidman’s (9-0) campaign that he deserves a middleweight title shot next has at least one supporter in fellow middleweight Constantinos Philippou (11-2).
“Chris has a point,” said Philippou to MMA Junkie Radio. “You beat names, and have five wins in a row. He knocked some people out, he submitted some people.”
Those wins by Weidman came over Alessio Sakara (15-10-1 NC), Jesse Bongfeldt (16-5-1), Tom Lawlor (8-5-1 NC), Demian Maia (17-4) and Mark Muñoz (12-3).
At UFC 155 Weidman pulled out against Tim Boetsch (16-4) due to an injury five weeks before the fight. Philippou stepped up as a replacement. Weidman is expected back in a few months.
Even if Philippou scores the win, he still thinks Weidman deserves a chance to claim the No. 1 contender spot.
“It was his chance to finish Tim Boetsch and try to get a shot for the title,” said Weidman. “It didn’t happen for him now. But even if I knock Tim Boetsch out, I don’t really care.”
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4) has said that he will likely return in the summer of 2013.
Philippou vs. Boetsch will be the third fight on the main card of UFC 155. Tonight’s PPV begins with preliminary action at 6:35 p.m. ET on Facebook. The event marks the return to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.