26 Facts About Chris Weidman

1. Chris Weidman is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he competes in the middleweight division.

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2. An accomplished amateur wrestler, Chris Weidman was a two-time NJCAA All-American and a two-time NCAA Division I All-American during his collegiate career.

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3. In 2013, Chris Weidman came to worldwide prominence by defeating Anderson Silva to win the UFC Middleweight Championship.

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4. Chris Weidman retained the title for two and a half years, defending it three times before losing it to Luke Rockhold.

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5. Chris Weidman was born in Baldwin, New York, on June 17, 1984, the second of three children.

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6. Chris Weidman is of German and Irish descent and was raised as a Lutheran.

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7. Chris Weidman became the first junior college wrestler in history to be an NYS Collegiate Champion.

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8. Chris Weidman graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

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9. Chris Weidman met Gabriel "Monsta" Toribio while attending Hofstra who invited Chris Weidman to come to Matt and Nick Serra's BJJ Academy a few miles from campus in Levittown, New York to help some of the fighters with their wrestling.

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10. Chris Weidman took some submission grappling 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.

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11. In May 2015, Chris Weidman got a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Renzo Gracie and Matt Serra.

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12. Chris Weidman made his MMA professional debut representing the Serra-Longo Fight Team in February 2009 in Louis Neglia's Ring of Combat 23.

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13. Chris Weidman fought as a Middleweight against Reuben Lopes, whom he submitted quickly via kimura, at 1:35 of the first round.

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14. Chris 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.

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15. Chris Weidman was offered contracts by numerous organizations, but Chris Weidman elected to wait until the UFC offered him a contract, which he quickly accepted.

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16. Chris Weidman faced Jesse Bongfeldt on June 11, 2011, at UFC 131, replacing an injured Court McGee.

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17. Chris Weidman defeated Bongfeldt via first round standing guillotine choke, earning "Submission of the Night" honors.

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18. Chris Weidman replaced Michael Bisping on eleven days' notice after Mark Munoz was forced out of his fight with Chael Sonnen.

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19. Chris Weidman dominated Munoz throughout first round using his wrestling skills.

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20. Chris Weidman was expected to fight Tim Boetsch on December 29, 2012, at UFC 155.

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21. The loss to Chris Weidman was Silva's first in the UFC and ended his seven-year, 17-fight undefeated streak.

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22. At UFC 168 on December 28, 2013, Chris Weidman defended his title against Anderson Silva.

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23. Chris Weidman lost the bout and his title via TKO in the fourth round.

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24. Chris Weidman signed a new, six-fight contract with UFC in late September 2016 and faced Yoel Romero on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205.

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25. Chris Weidman cites numerous surgeries which prevent him from being able to cut to Middleweight as his reason for moving up weight classes.

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26. At the start of the first round, Chris Weidman threw a heavy outside low kick which Hall checked with his left knee, causing Chris Weidman's right fibula and tibia to snap on contact.

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