Chris Weidman Makes Move Against Dominick Reyes In Boston
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will make the move up to light heavyweight this fall and take on top contender Dominick Reyes.
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will make his light heavyweight debut inside the Octagon this October when he takes on top contender Dominick Reyes at UFC Fight Night: Boston.
The event is set for Friday, October 18 from the TD Garden with Zabit Magomedsharipov meeting Calvin Kattar in the co-headline bout.
Prelims begin the night on ESPN2 with the main card to air on the same network beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Reyes (11-0) immediately turned heads upon joining the UFC in 2017 by delivering a Performance of the Night victory over Joachim Christensen. He has since made a rapid ascent up the light heavyweight rankings after securing impressive wins against Jared Cannonier, Ovince Saint Preux and former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir. Reyes now aims to add a former UFC champion to his resume and stake his claim for a title shot. Related: Chris Weidman And Dominick Reyes Trade Twitter Jabs Following Reports Of Scheduled Scrap
Weidman (14-4) shocked the MMA world in 2013 by dethroning long-reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva via knockout. He then went on to deliver spectacular title defenses against Silva, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and NCAA Division I wrestler now sets his sights on taking over the light heavyweight class by stopping one of the division’s biggest rising stars. Related: Chris Weidman On UFC 230 Loss: “I Will Be Back Better Than This”
Featherweights Ready To Bring It
In less than two years on the UFC roster, Magomedsharipov (17-1) has proven to be a must-watch featherweight contender. Known for his dynamic striking and slick grappling, he has netted memorable victories over Jeremy Stephens, Brandon Davis, Kyle Bochniak and Sheymon Moraes. Magomedsharipov now looks to once again steal the show and secure his 14th consecutive win.
A thrilling striker, Kattar (20-3) has delivered sensational knockouts in his last three victories. During his UFC tenure, he has stopped Ricardo Lamas, Chris Fishgold and earned Fight of the Night honors for his TKO against Shane Burgos. Kattar is now poised to crack the featherweight top 5 with another highlight-reel finish in his Boston backyard.
Boston Salmon To Fight In Boston
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In other announced bouts for the event, Maycee Barber takes on Gillian Robertson, Deron Winn battles Darren Stewart, Tanner Boser fights Daniel Spitz, Molly McCann takes on Diana Belbita, Brendan Allen battles Eric Spicely and Randy Costa fights Boston Salmon.