June 17, 1984 |
Baldwin, New York, United States
|Other names||Supernatural, The All-American|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)|
|Reach||78.0 in (198 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Garden City, New York|
|Team||Serra-Longo Fight Team|
|Trainer||Jiu-Jitsu Coach: Matt Serra
Striking Coach: Ray Longo
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-JitsuPurple belt in|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Nassau Community College
|Notable school(s)||Baldwin Senior High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Chris Weidman (born June 17, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist and former collegiate wrestler. He is currently signed as a middleweight with the UFC. Weidman is currently ranked the #2 middleweight in the world by Sherdog. As of May 2013, he holds an undefeated record of 9-0 with notable victories over Mark Munoz, Demian Maia and Uriah Hall.
Early life 
High School and College 
Chris Weidman was born in Baldwin, New York on June 17, 1984. He is the second of three children. Chris and his older brother were very active boys, so their parents had them involved in numerous athletic activities to tire them out. Weidman started wrestling very young and with his natural athleticism mastered the sport very quickly. Weidman attended Baldwin high school on Long Island where he was a Nassau County and New York State wrestling Champion. He was also an All-American in Cadet Freestyle and Greco Roman. Chris was also a standout in college, Weidman earned All-American wrestling honors 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 was two time NJCAA All American and a two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American. Weidman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
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 Weidman's noticeable technique and skills, he was encouraged to train full-time to fight. He is currently employed by Ray Longo’s MMA Academy as the wrestling instructor.
Weidman qualified for and competed at the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (with 1 year of formal Jiu-Jitsu training) in Barcelona where he lost to world renowned Jiu-Jitsu practitioner André Galvão.
Mixed martial arts career 
Ring of Combat 
Weidman made his MMA debut as a professional representing Team Serra-Longo in February 2009 in Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat. He fought as a Middleweight against Reubem Lopes, whom he submitted quickly via kimura, at 1:35 of the first round.
Weidman won the Ring of Combat middleweight title on September 24, 2010 by defeating Uriah Hall at Ring of Combat XXXI. After defending the ROC Middleweight Championship with an impressive victory via unanimous decision at Ring of Combat XXXIII, Weidman was offered contracts by numerous organizations, but Weidman chose to wait until later when the UFC offered him a contract and Weidman 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. Weidman won a unanimous decision, scoring a decisive 30–27 on all three judges' scorecards.
Weidman faced Jesse Bongfeldt on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131, replacing an injured Court McGee. Weidman defeated Bongfeldt via first round standing guillotine choke, earning Submission of the Night honors.
Weidman defeated Demian Maia by unanimous decision on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. 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. He 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.
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. Weidman dominated the fight through both rounds, finishing with a KO in the second frame. After the fight, Weidman said that he wanted to face Anderson Silva for the middleweight title but was not yet deserving of it for not having enough wins against top opponents. Weidman was awarded "Knockout of the Night" honors.
Personal life 
Championships and accomplishments 
Mixed martial arts 
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Ring of Combat
- ROC Middleweight Championship (One time)
- World MMA Awards
- 2012 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
Collegiate wrestling 
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- National Junior College Athletic Association
- NJCAA All-American Team (Two times)
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|9 matches||9 wins||0 losses|
|Anderson Silva||UFC 162||July 6, 2013||Nevada, United States||For the UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||9–0||Mark Muñoz||KO (elbow & punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman||July 11, 2012||2||1:37||San Jose, California, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||8–0||Demian Maia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis||January 28, 2012||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||7–0||Tom Lawlor||Technical Submission (d'arce choke)||UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson||November 19, 2011||1||2:07||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||6–0||Jesse Bongfeldt||Submission (standing guillotine choke)||UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin||June 11, 2011||1||4:54||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Submission of the Night|
|Win||5–0||Alessio Sakara||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2011||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||4–0||Valdir Araujo||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Combat 33||December 3, 2010||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Defended ROC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||3–0||Uriah Hall||TKO (punches)||Ring of Combat 31||September 24, 2010||1||3:06||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won ROC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||2–0||Mike Stewart||TKO (punches)||Ring of Combat 24||April 17, 2009||1||2:38||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||Reubem Lopes||Submission (kimura)||Ring of Combat 23||February 20, 2009||1||1:35||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
See also 
- "Sherdog's Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. Mar 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Chris Weidman UFC Bio". UFC.com. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- Knapp, Brian (2009-09-25). "Sherdog Prospect Watch: Chris Weidman". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
- "Newcomer Weidman likely replaces Natal, meets Sakara at UFC on Versus 3". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- Knapp, Brian (2011-03-04). "Bloodied Sanchez Outpoints Kampmann". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- Whitman, Mike (2011-04-05). "McGee Injured; Bongfeldt-Weidman Now Targeted for UFC 131". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- Hemminger, Brian (2011-06-11). "UFC 131 results: Chris Wiedman chokes out Jesse Bongfeldt". MMAMania.com. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
- Stupp, Dann (2011-06-12). "UFC 131 bonuses: Stout, Weidman, Herman and Einemo get $70,000 awards". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
- Stupp, Dann (2011-07-16). "Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman joins UFC 139 lineup". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
- Knapp, Brian (2012-01-28). "Evans Clinches Title Shot, Routs Davis at UFC on Fox 2". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
- Okamoto, Brett (2012-01-19). "Mark Munoz forced out of fight". ESPN.Go.com. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
- "Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman headlines UFC on FUEL TV 4 on July 11". mmajunkie.com. 2012-04-24.
- Erickson, Matt (2012-07-11). "UFC on FUEL TV 4 results: Chris Weidman dominates Mark Munoz for TKO victory". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- Chiappetta, Mike (2012-07-11). "UFC on FUEL 4 Bonuses: Chris Weidman's KO Cashes In". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- "Chris Weidman vs. Tim Boetsch slated for UFC 155 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. September 7, 2012.
- "Chris Weidman out at UFC 155, Constantinos Philippou now fights Tim Boetsch". mmajunkie.com. November 21, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- "Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman to Headline UFC 162". 411mania.com. March 6, 2013.
- "Ryan Bader: Chris Weidman lost house to Hurricane Sandy". bloodyelbow.com. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- "Chris Weidman Wrestling Hall of Fame profile". WrestlingHallOfFame.org. Retrieved 2011-09-09.