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Check out this post to learn more about what Chris' journey and what makes him the competitive athlete he is today!
Chris was born in New York in 1984. It was clear from a young age that he would be an incredible athlete with his love for wrestling and his natural athleticism. In high school, Chris became New York state’s wrestling champion and was an All-American in Cadet Freestyle and Greco Roman.
Once in college, Chris received All-American wrestling honors and eventually earned the title of NYS Collegiate Champion. Chris took a break from competing after his collegiate career to coach at his alumnus school and eventually transitioned back into training in 2009. Later in the year, he made his MMA professional debut, and within three appearances Chris took home the Ring of Combat middleweight title in 2010.
Chris turned to UFC in 2011 and won his first fight on a unanimous decision. Multiple victories were achieved after this one, and Chris continued to excel throughout 2011 and 2012. Chris’ career-defining moment came on July 6, 2013, when he won the UFC Middleweight title in UFC 162. Weighted an underdog for the fight, Weidman and didn’t let this stop him as he battled to the end to take the title early in the second round.
Chris continued his UFC career while battling significant injuries throughout 2016 and 2017. After a three-time losing streak, Chris found his redemption on July 22 to defeat Kelvin Gastelum and showed the world that defeat is never an option and inspired the world with his dedication, drive, and incredible talent. Chris’ next debut is expected to take place on November 3, 2018, at UFC 230.