Born on 17th June 1984, Christopher James Weidman is a professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the middleweight and light heavyweight division at the UFC. Weidman has been a UFC Middleweight champion. He is currently ranked #8 in the UFC rankings in middleweight division. Weidman is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and Matt Serra.
Belonging to German and Irish descent, & born in Baldwin, New York, Weidman started wrestling when he was very young and with his naturally athletic build, he mastered the sport very quickly. He became a New York state wrestling champion and an All-American in Cadet Freestyle and Greco Roman.
Weidman was the first junior college wrestler in history to become an NYS Collegiate Champion.
Weidman later joined Matt and Nick Serra's BJJ Academy in New York and within a few months, he went on to win the East Coast Grappler's Quest and the Absolute Division, and managed to submit all 13 of his opponents.
On his professional MMA debut, Weidman faced Reubem Lopes in a middleweight bout at Louis Neglia's Ring of Combat 23 where he made quick work of Lopes, submitting him via kimura within two minutes of the first round.
On 24th September 2010, Weidman won the Ring of Combat middleweight title by defeating Uriah Hall at Ring of Combat 31 via a TKO in the opening round.
On 3rd March 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, Weidman made his UFC debut against Alessio Sakara, and beat the latter via unanimous decision.
In the summer of 2019, Weidman announced his move up to UFC Light Heavyweight division citing weight cut problems as the reason for his departure. ‘The All American’ Weidman is expected to take on the undefeated Dominick Reyes on the former’s light heavyweight debut at UFC on ESPN 6 on 18th October, 2019.
Weidman replaced Michael Bisping on eleven days’ notice to face Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Demian Maia on 28th January 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. The fight ended on a controversial note as even though it was announced that Weidman beat Maia by a split decision, UFC President Dana White later revealed that the judges had actually scored the bout as a unanimous decision in favour of Weidman.
In one of the most famous fights in the history of the organization, Weidman went toe to toe against ‘The Spider’ Anderson Silva in a fight for the UFC middleweight championship title at UFC 162 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Going into the bout, Weidman was widely regarded as the underdog.
However, to the utter surprise of many, Weidman caught a somewhat cocky Silva with a vicious left hook in the second round that saw Silva flattened on the mat as Weidman proceeded to lay some nasty ground and pound before the referee stopped the fight; crowning Silva the new UFC middleweight champion. The fight marked the end of a seven year and seventeen fight long unbeaten streak for the legendary Silva.
Silva and Weidman met each other for the second time on July 13, 2013 at UFC 168 in what was Weidman’s first title defense. The bout ended in a bone chilling manner as midway through the second round, Silva threw an inside leg kick at Weidman which the latter checked with his knee. The block snapped Silva’s shin in half and he fell down immediately, writhing in unbearable pain as the referee had to stop the fight. Weidman was awarded a victory via TKO.
Thereafter, Weidman then successfully defended his title against the likes of Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 and UFC 187 respectively.
Weidman came across Luke Rockhold in his fourth title defense at UFC 194 on December 12, 2015. Unlike his other title defences thus far, Rockhold handed Weidman the first defeat of his career by beating him via TKO in the fourth round of the back and forth contest.
After losing his title, Weidman went on to lose back to back fights against Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi at UFC 205 and UFC 210 respectively. Chris lost both fights via TKO.
On July 22, 2017 at UFC on Fox 25, Weidman faced Kelvin Gastelum and finally broke his losing streak as he submitted Gastelum via arm-triangle choke in the third round of the fight.
In his last fight as a middleweight before he decided to move up to light heavyweight, Chris faced Ronaldo Souza at UFC 230 on 19th October 2018. In a back and forth contest, Weidman was finished via KO two minutes into the third round.
Weidman made his light heavyweight debut against 'The Devastator' Dominick Reyes on 18th October 2019 at the main event of UFC on ESPN 6 at Boston, Massachusetts.
As soon as the bell rang to signal the start of the first round, Weidman distanced himself from Reyes immediately and took a kick to the body. Weidman shot for a takedown but failed to keep Reyes grounded. Weidman still had the body lock on Reyes, which the latter calmly defended and got out of with ease.
Weidman and Reyes were back on their feet, and in striking distance when a straight left by Reyes cracked Weidman on the chin. As Weidman fell to the ground, Reyes laid some nasty ground and pound on the former champion, knocking the lights out of him as Herb Dean had to step in and stop the contest at one minute and forty three seconds of the first round.
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Chris Weidman is married to Marivi and the couple have three children Cassidy, CJ, and Colten.
Chris has acted in the TV Series "Kevin can Wait" as Nick Dawson for 4 episodes.
As of 2019, Chris Weidman Net Worth is estimated to be $3 million. His career has been ups and downs along with championship titles and sponsorship deals.