With UFC® 175 officially in the books, many folks are still buzzing about the exciting matches and what some consider a fight of the year candidate in the main event title fight.
It’s been several (crazy) months since the first installment of our “Meet the Champion” series. Since, we’ve crowned two new UFC champions (Johny Hendricks and TJ Dillashaw) and saw several successful title defenses.
That said, we’re overdue for another champion spotlight. Our next champion to be featured is none other than UFC Middleweight Champion, Chris Weidman, who successfully defended his title against Lyoto Machida at UFC® 175. Weidman is best known for dethroning former champion, Anderson Silva, but there’s much more to the champ.
Read on as we shine a light on Weidman and get to know the man behind the title both in and out of the Octagon.
Check out the previous installment of our series:
10 Fun Facts
Known as the first man to knock out (otherwise undefeated) UFC Champion Anderson Silva
In high school, Weidman was a New York state wrestling champion
Chris Weidman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
During his senior year, he placed third at the NCAA tournament and twice became a Division I All-American
Weidman is currently undefeated with a 12-0 record
He is a New Yorker through and through, born and currently fighting out of New York
His favorite local sports teams include the Islanders, Knicks, Yankees, and Giants
His pre-fight ritual includes pointing up and doing a 360 when his name is called
Favorite cheat food: Cheeseburgers (specifically, bacon cheeseburgers!)
Pierre Turgeon and Michael Jordan were his favorite athletes as a youngster.
BONUS: He's a major sports buff. Besides MMA and wrestling, Weidman enjoys playing basketball and watching NFL
Fight Style and Records
Weidman is widely regarded as having one of the best wrestling backgrounds in MMA. In addition to his accolades listed above, he also defeated UFC fighters, Phil Davis and Ryan Bader, during his college wrestling career. (If you didn’t already know, Davis and Bader are considered some of the best wrestlers in the UFC.)
It’s obvious to any who’ve watched his career that his skill set extends to more than just an impressive ground game. Against the Spider, Weidman earned a KO victory and the 2013 “Knockout of the Year” after connecting a powerful left hook.
Similarly in his fight against Machida, Weidman’s impressive striking game proved that he’s no one-trick pony. In addition, Weidman has solidified himself as a high-level competitor, studying his opponents and working hard to neutralize any strengths they may have had prior to the fight. This was clear at UFC® 168 when he used knee checks to neutralize the deadly kicks of Anderson Silva.
Weidman’s strong chin has proved extremely beneficial in a division of hard hitting UFC fighters. It served him well against Machida in the later rounds of their match as the challenger, behind in the scorecards, sought to end the fight via KO/TKO.
See the Champions
The Middleweight champ is set to return to the Octagon at UFC® 181 against Vitor Belfort! While the card is still coming together, this is one fight that every MMA fan is going to want to be in on.
In the meantime, TJ Dillashaw is set for a rematch against Renan Barao at UFC® 177, and Jon Jones will see Daniel Cormier at UFC® 178 for what many are touting as one of the best fights scheduled this year. If these weren’t enough, just recently the UFC announced that Demetrious Johnson would defend his title as the co-main event at UFC® 177 against Chris Cariaso.
With all this championship caliber fighting coming up, there’s something to make every UFC fan happy. Find out about Official UFC VIP Experience Ticket Packages and how you can get to a title match like a UFC VIP.