Coach: Weidman was near bankrupt and homeless before winning title


MMAFighting's Chuck Mindenhall wrote a tremendous piece on what life is like now for UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, and what it was like before dethroning Anderson Silva.

"He was essentially homeless," his grappling coach John Danaher says. "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."

Weidman himself talks about his hardships before his strong left hand changed his portfolio.

"I’ve never had anything. I just wanted to one day live comfortable. Like, be able to go out to lunch with my friends without being like, crap, I don’t know if I can afford this bill right now. I shouldn’t be doing this. That’s all I really wanted. And because of the UFC and where I’m at now? I don’t have to worry about."

"I’m fortunate. I never thought I’d be in this position. It’s amazing to be here. Even though everything I was going through with Sandy and financially, it still wasn’t the worst spot I grew up in my life. When I was coaching at Hofstra, I had a lot less money. I grew up with a lot less."

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Libero21 site profile image  

9/15/13 6:35 PM by Libero21

I really hope he beats silva, they could make a movie about his journey one day

Godmode site profile image  

9/15/13 1:50 PM by Godmode

Add Prime Kid Yamamoto to the list...

john thornton site profile image  

9/15/13 3:49 AM by john thornton


Allen Hood site profile image  

9/14/13 6:33 PM by Allen Hood

Now that kids is mental toughness

Chromium site profile image  

9/14/13 5:58 PM by Chromium

I'm sure a lot of you have seen this video already but just sayin', I'm pretty sure there's multiple sides to the guy. This was shot on a phone by a doctor who was present, it wasn't some staged thing.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

9/14/13 5:34 PM by KingofBJJ

Houston Alexander just slammed MMA promoters for fighter pay vs Boxers at the Bellator 99 post fight conference, of which he had lots of clapping in support.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

9/14/13 4:31 PM by KingofBJJ

Near broke and homeless?  But he is a UFC fighter and they get paid so much more than what is told to us with behind the scene payouts by Dana, sponsors etc. Gee that kind of makes the case for fighters who have complained about UFC pay.

Glovegate site profile image  

9/14/13 4:00 PM by Glovegate

"Ray Longo, Weidman’s striking coach, recalls a nasty incident with Silva at the weigh-ins during an interview with According to Longo, Silva approached Weidman from behind backstage and stood about an inch from his head, staring him down:" He kind of cut the quote short.

Brigham site profile image  

9/14/13 3:30 PM by Brigham

Chris weidman is just a great person and excellent champion

biva site profile image  

9/14/13 3:25 PM by biva

It's been obvious for years that Anderson is a twat. Great fighter, but grade A twat.