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Chris Weidman

 

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman
Born (1984-06-17) June 17, 1984 (age 30)
Baldwin, New York, U.S.
Other names The All-American
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 78.0 in (198 cm)
Style Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Garden City, New York
Team Serra-Longo Fight Team
Trainer Jiu-Jitsu Coach: Matt Serra
Striking Coach: Ray Longo
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 10
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 3
Losses 0
University Hofstra University
Nassau Community College
Notable school(s) Baldwin Senior High School
Website http://chrisweidman.com/
Sherdog

Chris Weidman (born June 17, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion. He is ranked as the #1 middleweight in the world by Sherdog[2] as well as the #5 pound-for-pound fighter by ESPN.[3] He is also known as the first man to knock out UFC champion Anderson Silva in MMA competition. The defeat ended Silva's 17-fight undefeated streak which stretched from 2006–2013.

Early life

Chris Weidman was born in Baldwin, New York on June 17, 1984, the second of three children. He and his older brother were involved in numerous athletic activities. Chris started wrestling at a very young age. With his natural athleticism he mastered the sport very quickly. He attended Baldwin high school on Long Island where he was a Nassau County and New York State wrestling champion. He was an All-American in Cadet Freestyle and Greco Roman.

A standout in college, he earned All-American wrestling honors twice at NCC before transferring to Hofstra. He became the first junior college wrestler in history to be a NYS Collegiate Champion. At Hofstra, he became a two-time Division I All-American, placing 3rd at the NCAA tournament his senior year. Weidman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.[4]

Training

Weidman met Gabriel “Monsta” Toribio while attending Hofstra who invited Weidman to come to Matt and Nick Serra's BJJ Academy to help some of the fighters with their wrestling. Weidman also took some jiu-jitsu classes and within three months he competed in and won The East Coast Grappler's Quest in his weight class and the Absolute Division with all 13 matches ending in submissions.

With full-time assistant coaching and graduate school at Hofstra, jiu-jitsu had to be put on hold for a while. While coaching, Weidman trained for the Olympic trials. When his dream was not attained, Weidman had to decide if he wanted to continue training for the world teams and Olympics or give MMA a shot. Toribio brought Weidman to Ray Longo's MMA Academy and introduced Weidman to Longo. With his noticeable technique and skills, Weidman was encouraged to train full-time to fight. He is currently employed by Ray Longo's MMA Academy as the wrestling instructor.

"For such a novice fighter to be so aggressive and technical in a pure grappling competition against one of the world's best speaks volumes to what a great MMA middleweight Chris Weidman may become."

—Jordan Breen on Chris Weidman at ADCC 2009[5]

After winning the ADCC East Coast Trials, Weidman qualified for and competed at the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (with 1 year of formal Jiu-Jitsu training) in Barcelona[6] where he lost a quarter-final match-up to world renowned Jiu-Jitsu practitioner André Galvão.[5]

Mixed martial arts career

Ring of Combat

Weidman made his MMA debut as a professional representing Team Serra-Longo in February 2009 in Louis Neglia's Ring of Combat 23. He fought as a Middleweight against Reubem Lopes, whom he submitted quickly via kimura, at 1:35 of the first round. Two months later at Ring of Combat 24, he stopped Mike Stewart with punches in the first round.[6]

"His combination of gravity-defying throws, an ironclad base and scarily preternatural grappling skills has already made him one of North America's premier prospects."

—Tomas Rios on Chris Weidman in 2010[7]

In his third bout Weidman won the Ring of Combat middleweight title on September 24, 2010 by defeating Uriah Hall at Ring of Combat 31 via punches in the first round. Weidman defended the ROC Middleweight Championship on December 3, 2010 at Ring of Combat 33 with an impressive victory over Valdir Araujo via unanimous decision. By this point Weidman was being called "one of the most highly-touted blue chip middleweight prospects ever".[8] Weidman was offered contracts by numerous organizations,[9] but Weidman elected to wait until the UFC offered him a contract, which he quickly accepted.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Weidman made his UFC debut against Alessio Sakara on March 3, 2011, at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, replacing an injured Rafael Natal.[10] Weidman who took the fight on two-weeks' notice and who was also nursing a rib injury,[11] won a unanimous decision, scoring a decisive 30–27 on all three judges' scorecards.[12]

Weidman faced Jesse Bongfeldt on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131, replacing an injured Court McGee.[13] Weidman defeated Bongfeldt via first round standing guillotine choke,[14] earning Submission of the Night honors.[15]

Weidman next faced Tom Lawlor on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[16] He won the fight via technical submission, choking Lawlor unconscious with a Brabo choke in the first round.[17]

Weidman defeated Demian Maia by unanimous decision on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2.[18] The fight was initially announced as a split decision but the judges actually scored it as a unanimous decision, clarified by UFC President Dana White in a tweet.[19] Weidman replaced Michael Bisping on eleven days notice after Mark Muñoz was forced out of his fight with Chael Sonnen. Bisping was chosen to take Munoz's place in the co-main event.[20]

"I want Anderson Silva. Every time I've had a full training camp, I've gotten a finish. Give me a full training camp and I'd love a shot at the man, Anderson Silva. I really think I could do pretty good. So give me a shot, please."

—Chris Weidman after defeating Mark Muñoz[21]

In his biggest test to date in the UFC, Weidman faced Mark Muñoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[22] Weidman dominated Munoz throughout the fight which ended with a KO in the second frame and awarded Weidman "Knockout of the Night" honors.[23] After the fight, Weidman expressed a desire to fight Anderson Silva and become the middleweight title holder.[21]

Weidman was expected to face Tim Boetsch on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[24] However, he pulled out of the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Constantinos Philippou.[25]

UFC Middleweight Champion

After nearly a year out of competition due to injury and Hurricane Sandy, on July 6, 2013, Weidman faced Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title in UFC 162 before a crowd of 12,399 spectators at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.[26][27] Bookmakers rated Weidman a 2-1 underdog,[28][29] however numerous pundits and fighters including long reigning UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, picked Weidman to upset the long reigning UFC middleweight champion:[30][31]

“I believe it's a bad matchup for Anderson Silva. Very bad, style wise. Anderson’s weaknesses are Weidman's strengths. I’ve trained with Weidman, and his wrestling is on another level. Not only is Chris Weidman going to beat Anderson Silva, I believe he’s going to finish Anderson. I believe it's not going to last too long, this fight. This fight will shock a lot of people.”

As Georges St-Pierre predicted, Weidman knocked out Silva early in the second round with another "Knockout of the Night" performance to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. The loss to Weidman was Silva's first in the UFC and ended his 7 year, 17 fight undefeated streak. The KO victory gave Weidman the distinction of being the first and only person to have ever knocked out Silva in a mixed martial arts match.[32]

On July 13, 2013, the UFC President, Dana White, announced that Weidman will rematch Silva for his first title defense at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013.[33] Silva once again opened as the betting favorite.[34]

In honor of weidman's victory, Nassau County proclaimed July seventeenth "Chris Weidman day".[35]

Personal life

On October 24, 2012, it was stated that Weidman's house was severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy.. Weidman is a practicing Christian.[37] and married to Marivi,[38] with whom he has two children.[39]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

|- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|10–0 |Anderson Silva |KO (punches) |UFC 162 |02013-07-06July 6, 2013 |align=center|2 |align=center|1:18 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States |Won the UFC Middleweight Championship; Knockout of the Night |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|9–0 |Mark Muñoz |KO (elbow & punches) |UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman |02012-07-11July 11, 2012 |align=center|2 |align=center|1:37 |San Jose, California, United States |Knockout of the Night |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|8–0 |Demian Maia |Decision (unanimous) |UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis |02012-01-28January 28, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Chicago, Illinois, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|7–0 |Tom Lawlor |Technical submission (d'arce choke) |UFC 139 |02011-11-19November 19, 2011 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:07 |San Jose, California, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 6–0 |Jesse Bongfeldt |Submission (standing guillotine choke) |UFC 131 |02011-06-11June 11, 2011 |align=center|1 |align=center|4:54 |Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada |Submission of the Night |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 5–0 |Alessio Sakara |Decision (unanimous) |UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann |02011-03-03March 3, 2011 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Louisville, Kentucky, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|4–0 |Valdir Araujo |Decision (unanimous) |Ring of Combat 33 |02010-12-03December 3, 2010 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States |Defended ROC Middleweight Championship |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|3–0 |Uriah Hall |TKO (punches) |Ring of Combat 31 |02010-09-24September 24, 2010 |align=center|1 |align=center|3:06 |Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States |Won ROC Middleweight Championship |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|2–0 | Mike Stewart |TKO (punches) |Ring of Combat 24 |02009-04-17April 17, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:38 |Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|1–0 | Reubem Lopes |Submission (kimura) |Ring of Combat 23 |02009-02-20February 20, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:35 |Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States | |}

See also

References

External links

  • Sherdog
  • Chris Weidman UFC profile
  • Chris Weidman Official Site
  • Chris Weidman hits the big time at Newsday.com
  • Chris Weidman profile at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Achievements
Preceded by
Anderson Silva
6th UFC Middleweight Champion
July 6, 2013 – present
Current holder
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