Chris Weidman Was Worried His Injured Hand Would Keep Him Out Of UFC 175
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.15.2014
It turned out fine...
In an interview with The MMA Hour(via MMA Fighting), Chris Weidman said that he sprained ligaments in his left hand while training for his UFC 175 fight with Lyoto Machida, and he was worried it would force him to back out of the fight. He went on to defeat Machida by unanimous decision. Here are highlights:
On being worried about the injury: "I went through a two-day period where I was very nervous, and felt, you had mentioned my hand, and I thought I was going to have to pull out of the fight. I couldn't touch my thumb to any of my fingers. I couldn't grab anything, I couldn't squeeze a toothbrush, couldn't brush my teeth. I could do it with my right hand, but not my left. But you know, you just start figuring things out. Like, how bad this if I can't do these little things? So I kind of was scaring the crap out of myself."
On getting the MRI done: "So they did the MRI and I had to wait on the results, and I was really just pissed off, and I was depressed. I was like, how am I going to deal with this? It was a bad situation. If it's not broken, obviously I'm not pulling out, but how am I going to train for these last two weeks. I can't even touch my fingers together and I can't obviously punch. It was a tough day with that. It was ligaments that were all messed up and sprained. So, I got cortisone injections, which they even told me probably won't help much because it's not really an inflammation issue. But I asked them to do it anyway, just anything that might help."
On his thoughts on the Machida fight: "There was definitely stuff I was disappointed in myself with in the fight, but I think this is the fight I needed," he said. "I needed this fight. I think it was a huge growing fight for me, I needed to go five rounds, I needed to have that experience. I needed to get punched a little bit. I think I needed all that. I went for the finish in the fourth round. After the third round, I thought I'd get a finish in the fourth, and obviously it went completely the other way, from me almost finishing him and believe I'm going to finish him to him winning the round and hitting me with some good shots. It kind of screwed me up. I kind of underestimated how badly he wanted it, and how confident he was that he was going to win the fight. Because I thought he was broken already, but he showed obviously that champion's heart he has, and he's tough as nails man. I knew he was a good fighter, an awesome fighter – I think he's the best fighter I've fought, to be honest with you, and he gave me my toughest test, obviously."