Chris Weidman claimed the biggest win over his career against Demain Maia at UFC On FOX 2 last night, but it turns out that his biggest battle was just making weight after being called in as a late replacement on 11 days notice.
“The hardest thing I ever did in my life,” is Weidman’s description of the 32lb weight cut he need to undergo to make the middleweight limit for the bout. “I was like crying, I was emotional. After I was done cutting the weight they were trying to hold the towel away from me – my body was so sucked out and so dry that the static electricity from the towel was about three feet away from me and still clinging on to my legs!
I pushed myself, I wanted to be professional. So I pushed myself as hard as I possibly could to make that weight. I didn’t want any excuses. Like, I could have easily taken the easy way out and been a couple of pounds heavier, but that’s just not who I am. I’ve never missed weight in my life, I wasn’t going to do it for this.”
He did make weight, and more importantly he did go on to outpoint Maia over three rounds, and while it was far from being a great spectacle for the fans tuning in on FOX to witness, on reflection Weidman is happy with how things turned out.
“If you stand back and don’t know anything about the situation, I wouldn’t be too impressed with myself,” he admits, but goes on to add, “[due to the weight cut] I wasn’t close to the type of shape I’d like to have been to go into a fight, but I’m the type of guy that doesn’t like to lose opportunities. I’m a risk taker, I took the risk knowing that I could lose and come out the victor no matter I liked like. I’m proud of myself.”
Watch Weidman’s full Fuel TV interview with Ariel Helwani below.