Chris Weidman

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Chris Weidman
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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 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 78 in (198 cm)[1]
Style Wrestling
Fighting out of Baldwin, New York
Team Serra-Longo Fight Team
Renzo Gracie Academy
Pitch Black MMA
Upstate Karate
Trainer Jiu-Jitsu Coach: John Danaher
Striking Coach: Ray Longo
Rank      Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [2]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active 2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 12
Wins 12
By knockout 5
By submission 3
By decision 4
Losses 0
University Hofstra University
Nassau Community College
Notable school(s) Baldwin Senior High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Christopher J. "Chris" Weidman[3] (born June 17, 1984) is an undefeated American mixed martial artist. He is the current UFC Middleweight Champion. As of October 23, 2014, he is #4 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings and ranked as the #1 middleweight in the world by Sherdog.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Chris Weidman was born in Baldwin, New York, the second of three children. He is of German and Irish descent.[6] 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.[7]


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.[8][9]

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.

"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[10]

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[11] where he lost a quarter-final match-up to world renowned Jiu-Jitsu practitioner André Galvão.[10]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ring of Combat[edit]

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.[11]

"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[12]

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".[13] Weidman was offered contracts by numerous organizations,[14] but Weidman elected to wait until the UFC offered him a contract, which he quickly accepted.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Weidman made his UFC debut against Alessio Sakara on March 3, 2011, at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, replacing an injured Rafael Natal.[15] Weidman who took the fight on two weeks' notice and who was also nursing a rib injury,[16] won a unanimous decision, scoring a decisive 30–27 on all three judges' scorecards.[17]

Weidman faced Jesse Bongfeldt on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131, replacing an injured Court McGee.[18] Weidman defeated Bongfeldt via first round standing guillotine choke,[19] earning "Submission of the Night" honors.[20]

Weidman next faced Tom Lawlor on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[21] He won the fight via technical submission, making Lawlor unconscious with a Brabo choke in the first round.[22]

Weidman defeated Demian Maia by unanimous decision on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25]

"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[26]

Weidman faced Mark Muñoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[27] 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.[28] After the fight, Weidman expressed a desire to fight Anderson Silva and become the middleweight title holder.[26]

Weidman was expected to face Tim Boetsch on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[29] However, he pulled out of the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Constantinos Philippou.[30]

UFC Middleweight Champion[edit]

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.[31][32] Bookmakers rated Weidman a 2–1 underdog;[33][34] however, numerous pundits and fighters including long-reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, picked Weidman to upset the long-reigning middleweight champion:[35][36]

“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.”

Chris Weidman knocking out Anderson Silva at UFC 162.

As 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 seven-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.[37] In honor of Weidman's victory, Nassau County proclaimed July seventeenth "Chris Weidman Day".[38][39] Mixed Martial Arts website Sherdog also declared Weidman's knockout of Anderson Silva as “Knockout of the Year” for 2013.[40]

On July 13, 2013, the UFC President Dana White announced that Weidman would rematch Silva for his first title defense at UFC 168.[41] Silva once again opened as the betting favorite.[42]

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 right hook to the side of the head — followed by a barrage of punches. 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. Weidman, however, controlled the top position for the remainder of the round and landed punches and elbows.[43] At the start of the second round, Silva attacked Weidman with a series of kicks including a heavy inside low kick which Weidman checked with his left knee. This check snapped Silva's left fibula and tibia on contact. Silva immediately fell to the mat, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight 1:16 into the second round and give Weidman the victory by TKO.[44] Low kicks were some of Silva's most effective strikes in their first encounter, which led Weidman to focus on defending against 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."[45]

“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.”[46]

Weidman was expected to defend his belt against Vitor Belfort at UFC 173.[47] Weidman opened as a 2-to-1 betting favorite.[48] After Vitor Belfort withdrew from his title bout at UFC 173, it was announced that Lyoto Machida will next face Weidman.[47][49] However, the bout was delayed after Weidman sustained a knee injury which required a minor surgery on both of his knees, including meniscal tears in both knees that he had since high school.[50] The bout against Machida eventually took place on July 5, 2014 at UFC 175.[51] Weidman retained his title, winning via unanimous decision. The bout also earned Weidman his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[52]

A rescheduled bout with Belfort was expected to take place on December 6, 2014 at UFC 181.[53] However, on September 22, it was announced that Weidman had suffered a broken hand and the bout was again rescheduled to take place on February 28, 2015 at UFC 184.[54][55] However, on January 30, the UFC announced that Weidman had pulled out of the bout, citing an injury he sustained in training.[56] The bout with Belfort has been rescheduled yet again for May 23, 2015 at UFC 187.[57]

Personal life[edit]

On October 29, 2012, Weidman's house was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.[58] He subsequently volunteered to help rebuild Sandy victims' homes via the non-profit group Staten Strong.[59] Weidman is a practicing Christian.[60] He is married to Marivi,[61] with whom he has two children.[62]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

The UFC championship belt that Weidman won on July 6, 2013

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–0 Lyoto Machida Decision (unanimous) UFC 175 July 5, 2014 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship; Fight of the Night
Win 11–0 Anderson Silva TKO (leg fracture) 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 (2013).
Win 9–0 Mark Muñoz KO (elbow and 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 (Brabo 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

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Preceded by
Anderson Silva
6th UFC Middleweight Champion
July 6, 2013 – present
Current holder