Chris Weidman shocked the world when he won the UFC middleweight title with a brutal knockout win over pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva earlier in the summer, but the fights he was facing head on outside of the octagon really put things in to perspective.
Before Weidman entered the cage, he was dealing with some issues in his personal life that included near bankruptcy and homelessness.
Weidman’s grappling coach John Danaher shed some light on the obstacles Weidman was facing outside of the cage leading up to his fight with Silva and it is truly remarkable that he was able to keep his focus and come away the champ.
“He was essentially homeless,” Danaher said, via MMA Fighting. “He was financially completely bankrupt. I remember I had to lend Chris thousands of dollars out of my own pocket just to keep him solvent while he’s preparing to fight Silva. And his life was essentially in chaos. One day when people know the full story of what happened, I’m not kidding when I say this, it’s like a goddamn Hollywood movie. It’s Rocky Balboa. It’s insane.”
“The guy had nine fights. Bankrupt. Homeless. With a completely broken shoulder. As far as I’m aware the only guy who came off of major surgery and won his next fight was Georges St-Pierre – and Georges had more than twice the amount of healing time that Chris did. He got a full year and a half off. Chris had six months.”
Now that Weidman is the champ, he does not have to worry about the financial issues and he can put his full attention in to his fight camp as he prepares for the rematch with Silva.
It’s going to be exciting to see what Weidman can do against the former champ in their next meeting this Decemeber and without the distractions it could be more bad news for Silva.