All American Under Pressure: Chris Weidman
May 23rd, 2015 Chris Weidman put his belt on the line vs Vitor Belfort. Weidman at the time was just coming off of his first middleweight title defense vs the rubik’s cube of MMA, Lyoto Machida. In that fight Weidman showed heart going a full five championship rounds with “The Dragon”. Machida gave everything he had especially in the closing minutes battering the champion. But Weidman brushed it off. In fact he asked for more. He didn’t say it but he might as well have said BRING IT ON. After that unanimous decision win vs Machida, Weidman begged fans in his post-fight octagon interview with Joe Rogan to “join the team” and “stop doubting me!”. We really couldn’t.
This is the same man who defeated Anderson Silva by knockout albeit The Spider was taunting him, but the Spider taunted a lot of fighters during his reign as the Middleweight Champion. The All-American was the first to seal the deal. Ignore the taunting, and as Ray Longo said “Punch a whole in his F-ing chest!”. The rematch ended in a technical knockout due to a freak leg injury in which Anderson Silva threw a leg kick that landed on the hardest part of Weidman’s leg causing his leg to immediately shatter. Regardless, Weidman had dropped Silva in the first round and took him down with ease and was dominating the fight. Anderson looked like he simply could not take Weidman’s punches, Machida looked like he didn’t have the next level cardio and Vitor appeared to be a shell of himself.
Enter Luke Rockhold. The San Jose Surfer/Mixed Martial Artist. Weidman and Rockhold had been on a collision course for quite sometime. Rockhold, the poster boy in the Middleweight division for Strikeforce and Weidman that man who beat THE MAN. The matchup was fate. UFC 194 December 12th,2015 everything came crashing down for the champion and a new champion was revealed in the most shocking of ways. Now don’t get me wrong, Rockhold didn’t dominate Weidman like Dillashaw dominated Barao, it wasn’t Holm vs Rousey, or Anderson Silva vs Rich Franklin. But I fear that it could be, and no fighter is under more pressure entering his next fight than that of the former Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman. There are so many factors entering his next fight that make me feel as if it’s as bad a situation for a fighter than any. First, he is fighting the same man who provided him with a ground and pound onslaught I don’t think we have ever seen, nor do I want to see again as a fight fan. Second, if Weidman wins what does he have to gain? A third fight with Rockhold?. The advantage is clear, if he wins he gets his title back, but if he loses that’s two straight losses to the same man. Which mean’s the end of the road for Weidman’s title hopes as long as Rockhold is the champion. If Rockhold loses the title to someone other than Weidman we could see Chris Weidman become the next Miesha Tate. As a fan I really feel for Weidman, he seems like a great guy and is a great ambassador of the sport. The former champ was a centralized figure to bring Mixed Martial Arts to New York State, and he stood beside New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, all while the bill was being signed to FINALLY legalize MMA in NYS. All things considered no fighter is under more pressure in my eyes entering his/her next fight than the All American Chris Weidman but one thing I know for sure, he won’t back down.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/all-american-under-pressure-chris-weidman/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/a-19.jpg?fit=630%2C420&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/a-19.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1MMARecent PostsChris Weidman,MMA,UFCMay 23rd, 2015 Chris Weidman put his belt on the line vs Vitor Belfort. Weidman at the time was just coming off of his first middleweight title defense vs the rubik's cube of MMA, Lyoto Machida. In that fight Weidman showed heart going a full five championship rounds with 'The...Ryan ThomasRyan Thomasbeantownboy92@yahoo.comContributorMyFantasySportsTalk