Chris Weidman was born in Baldwin, New York. He started wrestling at a very young age. With his natural athleticism, he mastered the sport very quickly. He attended Baldwin Senior High School on Long Island where he was a Nassau County and New York state wrestling champion. He was an All-American in Cadet Freestyle and Greco Roman. Also a standout at the collegiate level, Chris earned All-American honors twice at Nassau Community College before transfering to Hofstra. He become the first junior college wrestler in history to be a NYS Collegiate Champion. At Hofstra, he became a two-time Division 1 All-American, placing 3rd at the NCAA Tournament his senior year. Weidman graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
It wasn’t long before Chris found his calling, becoming a professional MMA fighter in 2009, where he won his debut via submission in the first round. He would go on to win his next 8 fights before meeting Anderson Silva at UFC 162. He knocked Silva out in the second round, becoming the first person to achieve that feat and taking the Middleweight World Title with him. Weidman would defend his title three times versus the “holy trinity of Brazilian Middleweights” in Silva (again), Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort. Weidman’s overall MMA record is 14-3 and he is 10-3 in the UFC.
Chris still lives on Long Island with his wife, Marivi and three children, Cassidy, CJ, and Colten. He owns Longo-Weidman MMA with his longtime coach Ray Longo. Chris has appeared numerous times on television and has had a recurring role on ‘Kevin Can Wait’ for the last two seasons as Officer Nick. He is also an analyst for FS1’s Fight Night broadcast when he isn’t training for a fight.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation helps kids facing obstacles in the Tri-State area, including Rangers fan Taylor Ryan who is battling a rare blood disorder called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.