June 17, 1984 |
Baldwin, New York, U.S.
|Other names||The All-American|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|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|
|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 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion. As of January 17, 2014, he is #6 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings  and ranked as the #1 middleweight in the world by Sherdog
- 1 Early life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Chris Weidman was born in Baldwin, New York, the second of three children. He has German and Irish ancestry. 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 Senior 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 Nassau Community College 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.
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.
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 where he lost a quarter-final match-up 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 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.
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". Weidman was offered contracts by numerous organizations, 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. Weidman who took the fight on two weeks' notice and who was also nursing a rib injury, 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. 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.
Weidman faced Mark Muñoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman. Weidman dominated Munoz throughout first round using his wrestling skills. In the second round, he knocked out Munoz with a counter elbow to the forehead followed by ground and pound to a rocked Munoz, which awarded Weidman "Knockout of the Night" honors. After the fight, Weidman expressed a desire to fight Anderson Silva and become the middleweight title holder.
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. Bookmakers rated Weidman a 2-1 underdog; however, numerous pundits and fighters including long reigning UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, picked Weidman to upset the long reigning UFC middleweight champion:
“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. In the first round, Weidman took down the champion onto the canvas to apply some solid ground-and-pound. The second round saw Silva clowning around — taunting and mocking Weidman — until he was caught and dropped by Weidman's left hook which was followed with punches to the grounded Silva — rendering him unconscious. 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. In honor of Weidman's victory, Nassau County proclaimed July seventeenth "Chris Weidman Day". Mixed Martial Arts website Sherdog also declared Weidman's knockout of Anderson Silva as “Knockout of the Year” for 2013.
At UFC 168 on December 28, 2013, Weidman defended his title in against Anderson Silva. In contrast to their first fight in UFC 162, there was no overt showboating by Silva, yet Weidman still had Silva in trouble early in the first round by dropping him — while in the clinch — with a solid right hook to the side of the head — followed by a barrage of punches that almost finished the fight. In spite of Weidman’s onslaught, Silva managed to pull guard, regain his composure and bloodied Weidman's nose with some elbows and hammer-fist punches off his back, but it was Weidman who got the better of the exchange by controlling the top position for the remainder of the round and striking Silva with the harder punches and elbows. At the start of the second round, Silva attacked Weidman with a series of kicks including a heavy inside low kick which Weidman parried with a check — using his left knee — that snapped Silva's left fibula and tibia on contact. Silva immediately fell to the mat, screaming in agony and clutching his broken leg — forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight 1:16 into the second round and give Weidman the victory by TKO. Low kicks were some of Silva's most effective strikes in their first encounter, which led Weidman to focus on parrying them for the rematch.
"That was the number one thing I got hit with in the first fight, so I did work a lot against guys with good kicks and was working on checking them a lot. I did think that if he's going to go that hard on kicks, as he usually does, if I catch it on my knee it could really hurt him. But it's still crazy how that happened."
“My trainer, Ray Longo, actually broke a guy’s leg like that in the gym by putting the knee right on that shin when he kicked, just by following [the kick] up slowly, It’s not really going shin-to-shin, but getting your knee on the shin. I’ve done it in sparring with some hard kickers to let them know not to kick me anymore. Their legs didn’t break, but they would either take a minute to walk it off or they wouldn’t be kicking me as much. It’s something I’ve definitely been working on, thanks to Longo.”
Weidman was expected to defend his belt against Vitor Belfort at UFC 173. Weidman opened as a 2-to-1 betting favorite. After Vitor Belfort withdrew from his title bout at UFC 173, it was announced that Lyoto Machida will next face Weidman for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
On October 24, 2012, Weidman's house was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. He subsequently volunteered to help rebuild Sandy victims' homes via the non-profit group Staten Strong. Weidman is a practicing Christian  and a hobbyist magician. He is married to Marivi, with whom he has two children.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||11 wins||0 losses|
|Win||11–0||Anderson Silva||TKO (leg injury)||UFC 168||December 28, 2013||2||1:16||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||10–0||Anderson Silva||KO (punches)||UFC 162||July 6, 2013||2||1:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the UFC Middleweight Championship; Knockout of the Night; Knockout of the Year|
|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||November 19, 2011||1||2:07||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||6–0||Jesse Bongfeldt||Submission (standing guillotine choke)||UFC 131||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|
- List of current mixed martial arts champions
- List of current UFC fighters
- List of male mixed martial artists
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- MMA Freak
|6th UFC Middleweight Champion
July 6, 2013 – present