Hempstead, NY - Hofstra Wrestling alumnus Chris Weidman continued his ascent to the top of the UFC middleweight division with a resounding second round, TKO victory over fifth-ranked Mark Munoz in the main event of the UFC on Fuel TV 4 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California Wednesday night.
Weidman, a two-time NCAA Division I All-American at Hofstra in 2006 and 2007, boosted his career MMA record to 9-0 and his UFC mark to 5-0 and is ranked tenth by MMA Weekly, a number that will surely climb following his impressive victory Wednesday.
In the battle of two-time NCAA All-Americans, Weidman, who placed sixth in 2006 and third as a senior in 2007 at 197 pounds, sent Munoz (12-3), a 2001 NCAA champion whle at Oklahoma State, to the mat with a thunderous counter elbow on the way to the technical knockout that also earned him the Knockout of the Night award.
Regarded as a top prospect heading into the Munoz fight, Weidman's win propelled him into the championship contender category in the UFC with talk of a possible future matchup against champion Anderson Silva, considered one of the best mixed martial artists of all-time. UFC President Dana White was impressed with Weidman's performance, stating "He (Weidman) looked incredible tonight," according to media reports.
Weidman was 51-21 in two seasons with the Pride and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. He was also named to the Colonial Athletic Association's Silver Anniversary Wrestling Team in 2009, along with seven other Hofstra grapplers. Weidman and his wife, Marivi have a daughter, Cassidy (2) and a son, CJ, who was born last month.