On July 6, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, undefeated Chris Weidman reaches the goal of every fighter in every fight sport - fighting the best. He does it as the headliner in UFC 162, with a cut of the PPV.
However, according to the NY Post, just two years ago he was 'broke as a joke' and on the cusp of being what he termed 'betrayed' by Bellator, with who he was about to sign.
Marc Raimondi has the story.
In early 2011 Chris Weidman had a contract in hand with Bellator and every intention of signing it. A night out with his family was planned for high-end Bryant & Cooper Steakhouse in Roslyn, NY. Weidman’s uncle, a lawyer, was just going to browse the document one last time. Nothing more than a formality.
But in the type he found a way that the life of the contract could be extended to three or four years, Weidman said. Initially, Bellator brass promised him it would be a two-year deal.
“I felt like I was betrayed by them,” said Weidman. “They never told me that. It was a little sneaky.”
“I was so upset. I was so let down. I was excited to go to Bellator.”
Bellator, through a spokesman, declined comment on Weidman’s claims.
Less than a week after painfully turning down Bellator, he got a call from the UFC. Maiquel Falcao and Rafael Natal, had injuries force them out of a middleweight fight with Alessio Sakara at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann in Louisville, Ky., which would air on national television. They needed a replacement and Weidman, despite nursing a broken wrist, didn’t hesitate.
He took the fight and ended up dominating Sakara with his wrestling, winning a unanimous decision.
The way Weidman figures it, he would be Bellator’s middleweight champion by now and likely locked into a contract with them – perhaps not unlike what Eddie Alvarez is going through.
“Everything happens for a reason,” said Weidman. “Thank God I took my time and didn’t just rush into it.”
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