Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi thinks his former opponent Chris Weidman should retire after breaking his leg earlier this year.
Weidman suffered a broken tibula and fibula against Uriah Hall at UFC 261 in April. The fight lasted just 17-seconds, as Weidman snapped his leg with the first strike he threw.
Mousasi, who defeated Weidman by stoppage four years ago at UFC 210, thinks the former UFC middleweight champion is past his prime and should call it quits on his MMA career.
"If it was me and if I had 29 surgeries, I would say this is not good. And especially if you get knocked out three or four times in a row, and then you break your leg in a bad way where it’s going to take a year to recover," Mousasi told MMA Fighting.
"He’s a little bit older than me I think, 37 maybe, and he’s going to come back at 38 or 39 — it’s difficult to come back. And then how long are you going to continue? At 38 or 39, you’re over your peak.
“It’s not like you’re going to get better, especially coming [off] losses, losses, losses. That’s my opinion, I wouldn’t continue. If I had a serious injury like that, I would right away stop fighting at his age. At his age, I would retire."
Weidman had surgery for his injuries straight after his loss to Hall. His return to the octagon was further delayed after undergoing a second surgery this week.
And Mousasi thinks even if Weidman does make a return to the octagon, he will always worry about getting injured again.
"I think for him also, if you have an injury like that, it will always be a trauma," he continued.
“Even if he comes back, it will always be in the back of his mind, ‘I can get injured, something bad can happen to me.’ So that’s why I’m saying, at his age, it’s more difficult. I don’t say it cannot be done, but it’s [more difficult].”
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Weidman has struggled to put together a good string of wins in the UFC since losing his middleweight title to Luke Rockhold in 2015.
"The All American" has just two wins in his last nine fights. He was knocked out by Rockhold, Mousasi, Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza before moving up to light heavyweight in 2019.
His stint at 205-pounds would last just one fight as Weidman was finished by Dominick Reyes in the first round. Since returning back to 185-pounds, Weidman has won against Omari Akhmedov and lost against Hall.
Meanwhile, Mousasi is scheduled to defend his Bellator middleweight title against John Salter tonight at Bellator 264.
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