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Weidman to resume training soon following successful neck surgery

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The former middleweight champion underwent successful neck surgery yesterday and hopes to resume hard training in the coming weeks.

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Last month, Chris Weidman was forced to pull out of his championship rematch with Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 after suffering a neck injury in training.

Weidman, who trains under the tutelage of Matt Serra and Ray Longo at Serra-Longo fight team in New York, has been prone to injury in the past and has pulled out of previous bouts.

However, following a successful surgery on Wednesday, 'All-American' is hoping to begin physical therapy tomorrow and resume 'hard MMA sparring' in six weeks, per Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting.

The New Yorker lost his middleweight title to Luke Rockhold (who lost the belt to Michael Bisping last week at UFC 199) and is hoping to spring back into the winners column at the UFC's debut show at Madison Square Garden Arena in November.

Although Weidman was expected to rematch Rockhold for the 185-pound championship, the two middleweights could meet in a number one contenders bout given Michael Bisping's recent surge to the top of the division. 'The Count' pulled off one of the biggest upsets in MMA history at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif, KO'ing Rockhold in the first round to become the first British champion in promotional history.