A little more than a week ago everything couldn’t have been better for UFC middleweight Chris Weidman. The unbeaten 28-year old was coming off perhaps the finest performance of his career, knocking out Mark Munoz to establish himself as a title-contender, and was out to solidify his status with a year-end win against Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.
However, Weidman was one of the millions of people on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy. News of just how bad the damage was to the New Yorker’s house surfaced shortly after the storm hit, though words certainly couldn’t accurately portray the devastation shown in a recent interview with the still-shaken Weidman.
“There was nothing we could do. All the sand-bagging, all the tape…we tried everything. Everyone on this block got tortured. We all got beat up really bad,” said Weidman in feature from MMAFighting. “At least I have family in the area where I can stay so I’m fortunate with that. A lot of people have nowhere to go. My next door neighbor, he’s in trouble. He’s 77 years old, his wife is sick…so I feel bad for people like that; people who lost their houses for good, got their kids and they have no friends out here. It’s rough.”
In the clip, Weidman’s house (and neighborhood) is shown in a state of disarray with standing water still holding up in certain areas. The destruction has left him looking for the necessary drive to duke it out with Boetsch in late December, though Weidman remains hopeful things will settle down soon enough for him to resume training for the tilt.
“I don’t know what’s going on as far as when I’m gonna be able to be in a good place to prepare the way I should. Not mentally, just physically. Just being in a house where I’m comfortable and I can be in and out of the house, have a little bit of organization,” stated Weidman. “This is the biggest fight of my career and I’m not taking Boetsch lightly at all…but right now I’m not focused at all.”
Still, Weidman isn’t looking to withdraw from the bout at this point in time though the situation remains one that could change at any moment.
“Right now that’s not even a thought…right now I don’t even have it in me to think about that,” responded Weidman on the topic of backing out. “There’s not a part of me that wants to but I’m not gonna say that there’s not a chance…my family is in a tough spot right now. There’s a lot of stuff that needs to be done and if I need to focus on getting my house back together…I don’t know, I don’t know. I really don’t know what’s gonna happen.”
Check out the emotional interview with Weidman below:
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC