Chris Weidman is an American mixed martial artist who has made a name for himself in the sports after going on to become a UFC Middleweight Champion. His career has been highlighted by many victories against opponents such as Anderson Silva whom he took down twice, as well as winning many accolades. Apart from his life as a martial artist, Chris is also an actor and here is all to know about him.
Chris Weidman’s Bio
Christopher James Weidman is of German and Irish descent and was born on June 17, 1984, in Baldwin, New York. He was raised there alongside his two siblings by their parents who were highly spiritual, raising their kids in the Lutheran Church and that spirituality would follow Chris even as a fighter.
While growing up, Chris had his mind on athletics, taking to wrestling. His first choice, however, was to play Hockey, but since his family couldn’t afford to get him the needed things, he went into other sports such as football, basketball, and others. Even when he attended the Baldwin Senior High School, he continued as a wrestler. From there, he proceeded to the Nassau Community College (NCC) but didn’t complete his studies there as he later transferred to the Hofstra University from where he graduated. Just as he wrestled in his high school, he continued the same in his college days, earning two All-American wrestling when he was at NCC.
Even though he began as a wrestler, Chris Weidman would go on to become very popular in mixed martial arts (MMA). He decided to take to the sports after watching Anderson Silva and believing that he could beat the man even though at that time, Silva was considered to be the Lionel Messi or Lebron James of MMA. That was what led him to start training in the sports in 2008. By 2009, he was already a mixed martial artist.
The high point of his career was his fight against Anderson Silva. Going into the fight, Chris was yet to be defeated in his first 9 professional battles while Silva who was considered one of the greatest the sports had ever seen had only lost 4 fights in 33 and had successfully held and defended the UFC Middleweight Championship since 2006 to 2012. Thanks to the fight, Chris Weidman got to have his name written among the greats when he did not only defeat Silva but did it twice in five months.
Looking at his career by the end of 2018, Chris Weidman had already slugged it out in the ring 17 times, winning 14 times and losing only 3 fights all of which were in a knockout. He had won 6 of his fights by knockout, 4 by submission, while the other 4 were by decision.
He has won the UFC Middleweight Championship which he was able to defend three times before losing it to Luke Rockhold after holding on to it for two and a half years.
As an actor, Weidman has appeared in the sitcom television series, Kevin Can Wait as Nick Dawson. He has been a part of it from 2016 to 2018, appearing in 4 episodes. It remains to be seen if he will appear in some more movies in the future.
Family – Dad, Sister, Brother, and Wife
As pointed out, Weidman came from a family that has its roots in Germany and Ireland. The martial artist grew up in a Christian family with a brother and a sister. That didn’t mean that life was easy for him as he had a very hard time growing up. He was always getting beaten up by his elder brother who was a bully.
His sister is married to the brother of another professional mixed martial artist, Stephen Thompson.
His dad has mostly stayed away from his fights but has managed to attend some. Chris and Michael Bisping got into a twitter battle after the latter told the former to put his dad on a leash after he stepped into the ring to declare that Chris was still his boy even after losing a fight. The younger Weidman promised to slap Bisping in the mouth for bringing his father into the whole thing.
Weidman is married to Marivi Caban. The two have been together since they were kids, with Chris being the best friend of Marivi’s brother. Having dated for a very long time, the two decided to tie the knot in 2008. The marriage between the two is blessed with three children: Cassidy Weidman, CJ Weidman, and Colten Weidman.
Marivi Caban whose family is from Hawaii is a graduate of the Hofstra University, just like her husband and as of May 2015, she was working as an accountant.
Height and Weight
Just as can easily be expected of a mixed martial artist and who has spent his life living physical sports, Chris Weidman has a good height and body build. He stands at a height of 6′ 2” (187 cm) and has a weight of 185 lbs (84 kg).