Between previous stories of his older brother's 'tough love' and the new ones pouring out, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman sounds like he endured a childhood few would envy. Routinely hospitalized as his brother's punching bag, Weidman credits his early struggles for shaping him into the champion he's become.
"I grew up in a decently tough neighborhood," says Weidman. "I grew up getting bullied and fighting a lot. My brother was probably one of the toughest kids from my neighborhood and he didn't make it easy on me. He made sure I was getting beat up as much as possible growing up. If he wasn't beating me up, he was making his friends beat me up. He threw a 10 pound weight on my head because I wouldn't get him a cookie. Split my forehead open pretty good."
Weidman, who suffered a torn labrum, torn rotator cuff and an AC joint separation preparing to face Tim Boetsch last November, still claims nothing compares to a day he flipped his bike attempting a jump back in the old neighborhood.
"Did a flip, landed on my shoulder, broke my collarbone totally clean. Clean off. My brother, he didn't believe it was broken, so he made all of his friends line up and punch me in the arm and told me I'd be crying if it was truly broken. After I got punched by everybody, it was the worst thing I ever went through."
"Those are just a few memories of what I've been through in my life, things I've had to get through. I think any type of setback you have, any tough time you've got, getting through it is what makes you who you are. It makes you a tougher person. I think whatever you've been through in your life makes you a tougher person. I'm very grateful for the background I have, every tough situation I've been through because it's made me who I am."
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Stands out in the crowd.
http://t.co/07z8VXVzrb Don't bother me when reading my magazines!!!— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) December 19, 2013
Get well soon.
1st test with the heart is gonna be january 2nd, test nr 2 is 6 weeks later and nr 3 right after that. Exciting times comming up— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) December 19, 2013
Surgery went great gonna be back strong! Thanks for all the love!— Brandon Thatch (@RUKUSMMA303) December 20, 2013
So @DuaneFinleyMMA got the confirmation that I will be the co main event January 15 UFC on fox sports 1.— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) December 20, 2013
Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) December 19, 2013
Saturday I will do my MMA debut, tomorrow is the weight in and I'm almost on the weight! For that first fight Im... http://t.co/Y4WDfqHKkP— Augusto Tanquinho (@tanquinhojj) December 19, 2013
Step right up.
Hey all please help...I NEED A BIGGER WRESTLER/TRAINING PARTNER HERE AT PURDUE. STRIKING WOULD BE GREAT TOO! PLEASE RT!— OnlyMildlyCreepy (@mattmitrione) December 20, 2013
@BensonHenderson Thanx man , U gotta get urself some kids soon ,what You waitin for Get Baby making already!!!— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) December 20, 2013
Was REQUIRED to send a fax. Saw a Kardashian. Got paparazzi'd & it snowed in LA. So my question is...what the HELL is going on today?!!!— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) December 19, 2013
Back when I fought 4 PRIDE.. I think I was 23 or so!! Boy do I miss those days! http://t.co/FBru7ksKny— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) December 20, 2013
Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) December 19, 2013
I've ralphed into that trash can.
Announced yesterday (Dec. 19 2013)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via watercoolermma.com.
Kevin Lee is a compilation of rarities. At just 21 years old, he is one of the youngest fighters on the UFC roster and the only one from Detroit, Michigan. Set to make his UFC debut on February 1st as part of the UFC 169 undercard, Lee is fully prepared to shake up one of the toughest and most talent-filled divisions in the world at 155 lbs. As you can image, Detroit isn't exactly a hot-bed for MMA. Kevin Lee's journey to the UFC was far from easy, and in speaking with Lee, we began to understand some of the obstacles he had to overcome along the way.
"The MMA scene in Detroit is practically nonexistent. There are gyms and events thrown in the greater Detroit area, but I am one of the very few professional MMA fighters that was born and raised in the city."
Beyond MMA, Lee describes growing up in Detroit as 'rough,' but credits his parents for keeping him out of trouble and making sure he had the best education possible.
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