Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (14-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) is set to face Omari Akhmedov (20-4-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) on August 8 at UFC on ESPN+ 34 at a venue yet to be decided (but likely to be in Las Vegas). This fight will mark Weidman’s return to Middleweight after a brief foray into the Light Heavyweight division.
Weidman started his UFC career on a 5-0 run which culminated in a title fight against Anderson Silva in 2013 at UFC 162. Weidman defeated Silva by KO in round 2 to claim the UFC middleweight title. After three title defenses (including a rematch against Silva) Weidman lost the UFC Middleweight title in 2015 to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194. However, Weidman is 1-5 in his last 5 UFC fights (including the Rockhold loss) with all 5 losses coming by way of KO or TKO. Weidman made a brief foray into the Light Heavyweight ranks in October 2019 to face Dominick Reyes at UFC on ESPN 6. Weidman was unsuccessful in his light heavyweight debut losing by KO in round 1. Weidman holds notable wins at Middleweight over Anderson Silva (twice), Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Kelvin Gastelum, Mark Munoz, Demian Maia, and Tom Lawlor.
Akhmedov has had a total of 12 fights under the UFC banner. Out of these 12 fights, 7 have been at welterweight. After a successful UFC debut as a Middleweight in 2013, Akhmedov dropped to Welterweight where he went 4-3. In 2017 Akhmedov returned to Middleweight and faced Marvin Vettori at UFC 219 in a fight which ended in a majority draw. Since then, Akhmedov is 3-0 at Middleweight making his UFC Middleweight record 4-0-1. Akhmedov holds notable wins at Welterweight over Kyle Noke and Abdul Razak Alhassan, and at Middleweight, he has a win over Tim Boetsch.
Akhmedov stands 6’ tall and has a 73-inch reach. Weidman is taller; he stands 6’2” tall and has a longer reach – 78 inches. Weidman is the older of the two at 36 years of age compared to 32 years for Akhmedov.