Chris Weidman releases statement following COVID diagnosis, thanks ‘gentleman’ Uriah Hall
The scheduled bout between former champion Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall has been postponed. The reason behind the cancellation of the first date was because Weidman had tested positive for COVID-19. The fight was pushed back to April 22 from February 13. The news of the fight being pushed was first reported by ESPN. Now Weidman himself has come out to confirm the news and give an update on his situation.
“If you don’t know yet, the rematch with Uriah Hall on February 13th is postponed to April 22nd due to me testing positive for Covid,” Weidman wrote on Instagram. “I want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayer messages I have received. Thank you, Uriah Hall, for being patient and handling the change of dates like a gentleman. Thank you to @mickmaynard2 @ufc for working with us and keeping this fight intact. My family and I are all good, and I have now started to train again. I’m very excited about this rematch and the opportunity to make a big statement in this fight. Big things are coming!”
Since losing his middleweight title back in 2015, Weidman has had a tough go of it in the UFC. He is 2-5 since losing the belt and even tried his hand at a new weight class. Now that Weidman is sitting outside the top ten for the first time in a long time this fight could decide his future in the UFC.
Hall is moving in the opposite direction as he has now strung together three wins in a row at middleweight and finds himself in the number 8 spot in the official UFC rankings. A win over the former champion could put him right in the mix for future title shots. His last outing against Anderson Silva showed that Hall could be a force to reckon with in the 185-pound division.
Get well soon Chris Weidman