“The first time I remember really watching MMA and getting a little understanding of what it was, that I’d be interested in it, was watching Forrest Griffin-Stephan Bonnar on the Ultimate Fighter Finale. I watched a little bit of the show but I was so focused on wrestling at the time that it was my main thing. But when I started watching that, I was like, ‘Wow, that was pretty cool,’ and when I saw that fight I’m like, ‘Holy smokes! These guys are tough.’ And I thought I was tough, and I was like, ‘These guys look tougher than me.’ So I wanted to go prove I could be that tough, so that’s when I started getting it in my head that this was something I could do.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman did the unthinkable earlier this year by not only beating Anderson Silva but finishing the former title-holder before the bout’s midway point had even arrived. The victory cemented his status as one of the brightest young stars to come along in some time and showed a level of skill above that possessed by his peers. As such, it’s hard to believe Weidman was a victim of vicious bullying with an older brother often serving as ringleader. The 29-year old recently sat down with Bobby Razak to speak about his journey to the top, reflecting on how the adversity helped mold him into a man while also touching on how his life had changed since winning the belt and what he’s using for motivating entering his December 28 tilt with Silva at UFC 168.
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