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Chris Weidman was Bellator bound before being “betrayed” by organization

Chris Weidman was Bellator bound before being “betrayed” by organization

It’s always interesting to think about the way the MMA landscape would look had fate played out differently in certain circumstances. The latest example of the “what if” game involves UFC middleweight Chris Weidman who currently boasts an unbeaten mark nine fights into his career and is the division’s top contender. However, according to Weidman, he was extremely close to having inked an offer from Bellator and would probably still be part of the organization today had he done so.

In fact, as the 28-year old explained to the New York Post, a relative who happened to be attending a celebratory dinner and was a lawyer glanced over the deal, catching a clause aimed at extending the contract by twice its original length without a chance to renegotiate.

“I felt like I was betrayed by them. They never told me that. It was a little sneaky,” explained Weidman. “I was so upset. I was so let down. I was excited to go to Bellator.”

As chance would have it, the UFC ended up contacting Weidman shortly thereafter to serve as an injury replacement and the rest is history. Up next for “All-American” is champion Anderson Silva, a challenge Weidman is more than ready to meet head on.

“He’s the pound-for-pound best fighter and I know I can beat him. There’s no better feeling than that,” said Weidman confidently of the clash.

Weidman-Silva will serve as the main event at UFC 162. The event is scheduled to take place on July 6 in Las Vegas with other fighters slated for action including Chan Sung Jung, Tim Kennedy, Mark Munoz, and Frankie Edgar.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    That’s not exactly going to help make Bellator look better in some people’s eyes, they are having a rough yr so far, good news comes, then bad news, then good news, then more bad news. It seems though people are focusing more on the bad

  • Angry Mike says:

    This story makes me cringe. The guy is on the verge of signing a contract that would shape his professional career, and has a lawyer glance over it as an after thought? If you’re going to be a professional, you have to operate like one, and that means having a lawyer involved up front. At least pay one for a few hours to review and explain the agreement before signing. That might have saved Eddie Alvarez some grief.

  • MCM says:

    Damn right Angry Mike. It also makes me wonder about these guys management. Wouldn’t this be a managers job to make sure the contract is in the best interest of his client. I get that the sport is only 20 years old but if fighters want to make a career out of it, they need to treat it like a Profession and not just a Fight. Every career is business, and if you don’t understand business surround yourself with people that do.


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