Chris Weidman Defending A Title
I don’t think there’s any question that former middleweight boss Chris Weidman will compete at the UFC’s inaugural show in the Empire State; but I’m not completely sure that he’ll headline the event, albeit it being possible.
Weidman, a Long Island native, was born and raised in Baldwin, New York. He still currently resides in the state, trains with legendary coaches Ray Longo and Matt Serra, and owns his own gym in Garden City, New York.
“The All-American” has been a key component to putting New York on the map regarding MMA, and has endlessly pushed for the legalization of the sport.
Weidman unfortunately lost his title to Luke Rockhold last December, but he will get a chance at redemption at June’s UFC 199. If he can recapture gold, the UFC could put together an intriguing rubber match between the two for this fall.
Not only would there be a backstory, but Weidman vs. Rockhold represents the classic East Coast vs. West Coast battle.