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Weidman co-main eventing UFC 194

Chris Weidman wants respect from the UFC fans. He wants to be recognized as possibly the best fighter in the promotion, in the sport. But before he can truly be respected by the fans he has to start getting proper respect from the UFC.

Weidman’s anticipated title defense against Luke Rockhold has been announced for UFC 194, as a co-main event before the even more anticipated Jose Aldo – Conor McGregor fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 12. It is the second-straight time Weidman’s title fight has been relegated to co-main event status. He just fought Vitor Belfort on the undercard of the UFC 187 event headlined by Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier’s fight for the vacant light heavyweight title.

Apparently, not even the UFC has gotten behind Weidman has a headliner.

It could have something to do with both Weidman and Aldo’s histories of having to pull out of fights because of injury, so the promotion is simply hedging their bets that at least one of the two fights could be the headliner, but that does not show much faith in Weidman has the title holder.

The 13-0 middleweight should be headlining Pay Per views on his own if he wants to be taken seriously as a champion. That is not something he needs to gripe with the fans about, it is something he needs to gripe with the UFC about.

How can fans even take him seriously as a great fighter when the UFC does not even have him headlining cards? Especially when it is perhaps one of the most anticipated title fights coming between Weidman and Rockhold. It is a bad image for him to have somebody else’ face on the fight posters with his name on the “card also featuring” section.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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