For Chris Weidman, there remains one goal out there left to be accomplished.
Weidman scratched off his first career goal when he stunned the MMA world and knocked out Anderson Silva, becoming the UFC middleweight champion. He proved it was no fluke when he defeated Silva in the rematch.
Now, with pro MMA getting closer and closer to becoming legal in New York, Weidman might be able to achieve his second goal.
“There are two things I envisioned when I got into this sport,” said Weidman, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “Winning the belt and fighting in Madison Square Garden.”
Before any of that can take place, though, Weidman will meet Vitor Belfort later this year. The two have been on a collision course for several months, with scheduled bouts being delayed for numerous reasons.
While the delays have been troubling, Weidman has remained focus on the task at hand.
“I have these goals, things I’ve envisioned,” he said. “I want to clear out my division and become the best of all-time. I’m very motivated not to lose and to shut up the doubters.”
Weidman and Belfort have had several disagreements over the past year-plus, but that doesn’t mean the champion has no respect for the former champion.
“I have a lot of respect for him,” he said. “When you watch his fights, he’s a technician on his feet and on the ground. I’m going out to dominate him.
“His biggest thing is his stand-up. I’m not afraid of him. I’m not sure how it’s going to finish, but I’m definitely going to finish him.”