UFC Middleweight champ Chris Weidman talked to Bobby Razak about growing up in a tough New York hood.
MMA Fighting's David St. Martin transcribed this tale:
"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."
Weidman faces ex-champ Anderson Silva at UFC 168 in Las Vegas this Saturday, December 28. He took Silva's title by KO at UFC 162 in July.
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