An All-American wrestler and grappling phenom from Long Island, New York, Chris Weidman shocked the world on July 6, 2013 when he knocked out MMA legend Anderson Silva to become the UFC Middleweight Champion.
Weidman, who won the world title in just his tenth professional fight, blends a powerful and sophisticated wrestling and jiu-jitsu acumen with precise striking on the feet. He defended his title three times before dropping the belt in December 2015.
Training under head coach Ray Longo and former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, Weidman is now preparing for a second run at the title. In addition to fighting out of LAW MMA in Garden City, New York, Weidman has made cameos on network television, while developing a comic book series, and contributing to Champions #FighterBlogs.
Chris Weidman Fighter Blogs:
- How I Used a Knee Pick When Gian Villante Started a Fight with Wannabe Gangsters
- Why All Fighters Should Always Get a Second Opinion
- How Cardio and Conditioning Can Boost Your Mental Toughness
- Don’t Try This at Home: A Crash Course in Cutting 35 Pounds in Ten Days
- March Madness: How I Shrugged My Way Past Davis and Bader in the NCAA Wrestling Tournament
- Playing Officer Nick Dawson, Hollywood, and Comic Book Ventures
- Cornering Gian Villante at UFC Albany and Resuming the Grind
- My First Fight: 'I Had Been Wrestling My Whole Life, and I Never Felt So Much Respect'
Chris Weidman Career Statistics:
- Record: 13-2 (9-2 UFC)
- 6 KO/TKO
- 3 submissions
- Four-time UFC Middleweight Champion
- Nickname: "The All-American"
Chris Weidman UFC Record:
- L - Gegard Mousasi, R2 TKO (knees) - UFC 210
- L - Yoel Romero, R3 KO (flying knee) - UFC 205
- L - Luke Rockhold, R4 TKO (punches) - UFC 194
- W - Vitor Belfort, R1 TKO (punches) - UFC 187
- W - Lyoto Machida, unanimous decision - UFC 175
- W - Anderson Silva, R2 TKO (injury) - UFC 168
- W - Anderson Silva, R2 KO (punches) - UFC 162
- W - Mark Munoz, R2 TKO (elbow and punches) - UFC on Fuel TV 4
- W - Demaian Maia, unanimous decision - UFC on FOX 2
- W - Tom Lawlor, R1 technical submission (brabo choke) - UFC 139
- W - Jesse Bongfeldt, R1 submission (guillotine choke) - UFC 131
- W - Alessio Sakara, unanimous decision - UFC Live 3
This article appears as part of #TheChampionsGuide.