Chris Weidman Gets His Day In Nassau County

As some might know, I am a big Chris Weidman fan. I absolutely love the guy and I think what he’s achieved is a heck of an accomplishment and despite what the naysayers say, it was no fluke, he wasn’t lucky and it certainly wasn’t fixed. Weidman simply beat Silva at his own game and for all those that have derided “The Spider” for his antics in the ring on July 6th, they’d all be singing a different tune had Anderson won and won using the same tactics that he’s used in every fight he’s ever been in.

On that note, it was Chris’s hometown of Baldwin (Long Island) New York that got to welcome home their hero, today. The hometown crowd was so impressed with the “All-American” that they proclaimed it “Chris Weidman Day” in Nassau County. As if the event and day weren’t enough, the County power structure (also) bestowed upon Chris a humanitarian award for his service to the community, post the hurricane “Sandy” disaster. As they gave him the honor, which was in the form of a belt and what I found funny, was how the men at the podium quickly took possession of Weidman’s real belt and began taking pictures of themselves holding it. As the men at the podium are part of the New York power elite, their glee at holding the belt is potentially a good omen for MMA legalization in the state.

In terms of Chris’s remarks to the crowd (which start at the 11:30 mark of the video), he was his usual humble, calm and articulate self. He graciously thanked the audience and made lite of the County giving him a “day” and said of it, that his wife hates it and that she “still makes (him) do things on his day.”

On the issue of MMA politics in the state of New York, Chris went out of his way to thank those members of the County executive who stopped by, as well as the lone state senator who was in attendance. In doing so, Weidman was not only speaking for himself as champion, but also as an ambassador of the UFC in the state of New York and in regard to the promotion’s struggles to have the sport legalized in the Empire State.

Chris remarked:

“MMA is not legal in New York and to have them supporting me and to have a day named after me is definitely a big push towards getting it legalized. Again, I thank you so much and I appreciate it.”

For those that love him, it’s worth the view. For those that hate him or think him a pretender-to-the-throne, it’s probably worth a pass. One thing is for sure though, an added bonus to Weidman being the 185 champ is a greater likelihood of MMA being legalized in New York and if for no other reason, then Weidman is “one of their own.”

On the issue MMA legalization in New York, I think Dana should take advantage of any window-of-good-will that may be open to him and before December 28th, for as Silva fans would surely tell him, that window will be closed come December 29th.

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    July 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Weidman's a class act. There's no one I'd rather have seen take the belt from Anderson.

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      July 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      For sure Satellite. If anything can rattle the NY state legislation, maybe this will, and Weidman seems to be that X factor and local hero they can rally behind.

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      Brian Cox

      July 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Satellite…Man, that is an awesome way of looking at it and the best way I've hear it put. That sums it up in a nutshell. Good for you, man; SatelliteMan.

      He really is kind-of-a "Clark Kent" type (he actually sees himself as "Superman") and with his "ah, shucks" demeanor, it's difficult to deny that's he's hard not to like. That, combined with his undefeated record, makes him the perfect foil to Anderson's role as the "Lex Luthor" of the Octagon.

      On your point and as a GSP fan, I felt the same way about Carlos Condit. I thought, that if Rush was going to lose to anyone, I wanted it to be "The Natural Born Killer". I think Carlos is a class act and a great fighter and if anyone was going to do it (post Serra) I wanted it to be CC.

      Silva fans should rejoice that the belt didn't go to an opponent such as Chael Sonnen or Pat Cote or that he hadn't taken a loss to Stephan Bonnar. At least in losing to Weidman they can say…hey, at least the guy that our beast lost to is a beast.

      Weidman is a decent, well spoken and humble, family man, yet he is confident and has a hint of brashness in him, put it all together and he's that bigger, younger more talented brother, that many of us have. He's that guy that your sister would bring home and that not only would you approve of, you'd easily find yourself becoming his friend, hanging out with and being PO'd when your sister, his wife, was around and messing up the good time.

      Simply put, Chris Weidman is a marketing dream. If Burger King and Nike liked Silva, they will love Chris Weidman…should the "All-American" beat Silva, again.

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    July 17, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    OK here is a question for you Brian…

    Who wins between Vitor and Weidman?

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      Brian Cox

      July 18, 2013 at 12:57 am

      Enjoy…go away with your evil and nasty thoughts.

      Get out of my head. This is a constant refrain where you are concerned. Not only do you read my thoughts, but now apparently, you read my nightmares.

      I love both of them. I had, in the back of my heart, wanted Silva to win and to force the re-match with Belfort. My worst case scenarios, was Weidman winning and then fighting VB.

      That sentimental garbage aside….hmm, I don't know big guy. VB is a heck of a stand-up fighter and a dynamo on his feet; much more so than Chris. Regarding a fight, he would never do what Silva did, in terms of hands-being-down. That is just not Vitor.

      Chris on the other hand is Chris.

      In a fight between the two, I'd have to pick….losing..internet connection…..Wei..Ve…..

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    July 18, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Let's just be fair here. Chris W. was the better fighter. I believe he still is and will hold the belt.

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    July 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

    It is true I would be singing Andersons praises if he won while doing the antics because he was good enough to lower his abilities and raise the risk and be able to get away with it not because he was at his best. It just clarifies his incredible level of talent over other fighters but I knew one day he would lose or retire. Chris legitimately beat him but not the best version of him by a long shot and thats what bothers most of us. If we saw the best of Anderson get beaten most of us would be silent on the issue or rest on his seemingly insurmountable achievements. I certainly am glad it was Chris and not Chael that found a home for a right hand against Silva. I am pretty sure that 99% of Weidman fans picked him to win by sub and not KO which would also show why it is likely he did not get Silva at his best since it was that 1% chance of a KO that got him.

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