A product of the Serra-Longo Fight Team, Chris “All American” Weidman has been a force since turning pro just three years ago. Under the tutelage of BJJ coach, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and striking coach Ray Longo, Weidman has started his career a perfect 8-0 (4-0 in the UFC). With impressive wins over UFC veterans Alessio Sakara, Tom Lawlor and Damian Maia, Weidman has put the middleweight division on notice that he is the next big star at 185.
Weidman, a two time Division 1 All-American at Hofstra University, attended Baldwin high school where he was a Nassau County and New York state champion. He then attended Nassau community college where he earned All American honors before transferring to Hofstra his junior year. His success continued at the Division 1 level highlighted by his 3rd place showing in the national tournament at 197 lbs his senior year.
Weidman was 4-0 when he got the call to fight in the UFC. First up was Alessio Sakara, a fight in which Weidman displayed his exceptional wrestling skills mixed in with some great ground and pound. Rinse and repeat for three rounds and Weidman took home a dominant unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut. Weidman then put his BJJ purple belt under Matt Serra to use by winning back to back fights against Jesse Bongfeldt and Tom Lawlor by standing guillotine and d’arce choke. His last time out was against Damian Maia, a fight he took on extremely short notice. Prior to the fight, Weidman had to cut a considerable amount of weight and it showed. Although he had a tough cut and little to no time to prepare properly, Weidman won the fight via unanimous decision.
Next up for Chris Weidman is a fight with Mark Munoz on July 11 at UFC on Fuel TV 4. This fight pits two Division 1 All-American wrestlers against each other. Although Munoz has a National Championship to his credit, Weidman can more than hold his own in the wrestling department. This fight comes down to who has the better stand up and who can hit there take downs. Make no mistake about it, this will be a tough scrap for Weidman, but it’s a fight he can surely win. His skills are undeniable and if he gets past Munoz he’ll continue his rise towards the top of the middleweight division.
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Today’s article written by Israel Gonzalez. Follow him on twitter @izzys_mma_input