Chris Weidman was spent during and after his fight with Demian Maia at UFC on FOX 2, the result of cutting 32 pounds in 10 days. He was still mentally fit enough to notch the (ugly) decision win. Photo of Maia (L) and Weidman (R) by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting.
"It's a huge victory. You know, for this fight it was 10 days, 32 pounds I had to lose. It was a test for me it was a test for my family because I was the worst. I just want to thank them for bearing with me during the whole training camp, if you can call it that, for the 10 days. It was all about me and making that weight. I'm proud of myself for getting through it and getting the "W." It was a question, I was confident for the fight in the interviews and stuff, but it was a question mark for me though, you know. I did not have a lot of time to prepare for a top, top guy like Demian Maia, I didn't know what was going to happen. I'm the type of guy that doesn't like to lose opportunities and it was too big a opportunity to let go. It was pretty much all mental man, my body was shot, you know, I really wasn't prepared the way I should be for a freaking top guy fight, but I believed in myself and my coaches believed I could get the win and I am happy I did it."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Chris Weidman tells UFC.com that even though he wasn't as prepared as he should have been to face a top contender like Demian Maia, it was too big an opportunity to pass up. And make most of his opportunity he did. "All American" remained undefeated (8-0) by besting the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace via decision at UFC on Fox 2 last night (Jan. 28, 2012) in Chicago, Illinois. Weidman also says he was fighting with all mind because of the heavy toll his body took with the drastic weight cut he had to make -- a stunning 32 pounds -- for taking the fight on just 10 days notice. Anyone impressed (or not) with Weidman's performance given the fact that it was on such short notice? And are you ready to brand him a contender to be reckoned with in the 185-pound division? Who should he matched up with next after defeating a top 10 middleweight in Maia?