UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman has been busy these past couple of months. The newly crowned middleweight champ has been doing a lot of media and vacationing, enjoying the spoils that come with being a champion. All of his hard work paid off at UFC 162, where Weidman was able to shock the masses, scoring a KO victory over the greatest MMA fighter on the planet in Anderson Silva.
Leading up to the bout, Weidman was finally able to get a full training camp in. Now, there is more organization to his training, which will only make him that much better; that is a scary thought for his opponents. Weidman is already the best 185-pound fighter on the planet, and subtle changes to his training methods will only help him improve within the next couple of years. Weidman’s Jiu Jitsu trainer John Danaher told MMA Fighting‘s Chuck Mindenhall about Weidman’s training over the years:
“With Silva, believe it or not, Weidman had his first actual fight camp of his career. Every fight to this point had been literally this haphazard training.”
This is pretty incredible, as Weidman, despite not having full training camps, has been able to amass a perfect record of 11-0. His bout with Tom Lawlor was on short notice, yet he was still able to cap the fight off with an impressive d’arce choke. This is just a testament to the type of skill and determination to succeed that Weidman has. Before his UFC 162 victory, Weidman would even say if he had a full training camp, he would not only defeat Silva, but end his night quick. This is exactly what happened.
The sky is the limit for Weidman, who is finally putting everything together in terms of his training. His rematch with Silva, which takes place at UFC 168, will be one of the most anticipated fights of all time in the UFC, and it will be very interesting to see how much Weidman has improved since their first outing.