It is pretty common for most UFC athletes to sign a new contract with the organization before their first big title fight. A new contract usually comes with a pay raise for being the number one contender and outlines his pay structure going forward as champion, should he win.
Chris Weidman on the other hand is confident in his ability to win and will wait after his title bout with Anderson Silva before signing a new contract. The move is risky: If he loses he may not get the same kind of pay day he would have in the title, but if he wins he's a strong negotiation position as the UFC champion. Weidman elaborated on his decision to MMAJunkie Radio:
"I think we're just going to keep the contract," Weidman told MMAjunkie.com Radio (MMA Radio, UFC Radio - MMAjunkie Radio
). "I'm definitely OK with making what I was making. I think I was making $24,000 (to show) and $24,000 (to win). I want to do that because then after I beat Anderson like I plan on doing, then obviously the contract will jump up more than if I was to rip up the contract now. I'm ready to put all my eggs in one basket and put my money where my mouth is."
It's a bold statement for the 28-year-old New Yorker. After all, with just nine career bouts to his name, Weidman's critics have wondered whether or not he's even deserving of a chance to step in the cage with the sport's top pound-for-pound fighter. But Weidman believes he's made each of those nine appearances count, taking on the biggest challenges available at each step along the way.
"People say I don't have that many fights, which is true, but I've never had an easy fight," Weidman said. "Even when I was in Ring of Combat, we always wanted to get the best guys because I wanted to get that experience. Guys like Uriah Hall, who's coming up 'The Ultimate Fighter,' I fought that guy in my third fight.