Why Chris Weidman is the Future at Middleweight

By Elton Hobson

In the days leading up to his UFC debut, the talk surrounding Chris Weidman was mostly piteous and sympathetic. Taking a fight with MMA veteran Alessio Sakara on only two weeks’ notice, Weidman seemed like nothing more then a sacrificial lamb being led to the slaughter.

MMA writers wondered if Weidman’s handlers, Matt Serra and Ray Longo, had rushed the talented prospect into the big leagues too quickly. Coming into his nationally televised debut with only four fights to his credit, Weidman was seen as a big underdog to the hard-hitting Sakara.

Through it all, Serra and Longo smiled, like they had a secret. Tonight, we know what that secret is.

Chris Weidman is the real deal.


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