At the end of 2010, Chris Weidman was declared the No. 2 middleweight prospect on the planet, according to a scouting report from BloodyElbow.com. Fast forward two years and you'll find that the Serra/Longo prodigy proudly sits with a 5-0 record inside the Octagon. It greatly compliments his 9-0 overall record as a professional and illustrates his status as a top contender in the UFC middleweight division.
When Weidman was forced from a scheduled bout against Tim Boetsch at UFC 155, it was due to a shoulder injury that would require surgery and keep him out of action for approximately six months.
The 28-year-old expects to return in late May or early June, and with a major middleweight battle taking place next weekend between Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort, it is important to look ahead and see how the division will shake out down the road.
Here is a look at five possible opponents for Chris Weidman upon his return.