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Chris Weidman Grateful To Be Alive After A Turbulent Year

Chris Weidman (9-0) was asking the UFC for a middleweight title shot last year after he continued his undefeated streak with wins over the division’s top prospects Demian Maia (17-4) and Mark Muñoz (12-3).

As the year began to wind down, Superstorm Sandy hit his New York house and it took almost two months before he was able to return. Weidman continued to train for a UFC 155 contest with Tim Boetsch (16-5) before a shoulder injury forced him out. Recently, Weidman said he almost died from attempting to cut weight against Boetsch.

“I’m better off that I didn’t fight Boetsch [due to injury] because there’s been so much I’ve been dealing with,” said Weidman to MMA Weekly.

Weidman doesn’t know who his next fight will be against when he returns in a few months, but still feels he’s next to challenge Anderson Silva (33-4) for the title. It was recently revealed that Silva signed a new 10 fight deal with the UFC. He has expressed interest in a summer return with no opponent named.

“I want to make a big statement whoever I fight in my next fight and my goal is to get that belt in 2013, without a doubt,” said Weidman.