Now sure, everyone already knew that Weidman’s grappling was ridiculously good, especially his top game, but the accolade just demonstrates this that much more. The 30 year-old middleweight announced the news via Twitter, as did Serra BJJ. Weidman trains under former welterweight champ and BJJ black belt Matt Serra, who in turn, was taught by the legendary Renzo Gracie.
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) May 6, 2015
— Serra BJJ (@serrabjj) May 6, 2015
So, there you have it. When you consider that Weidman is a two time, Division 1 All-American wrestler, then it’s not hard to understand why the New York fighter’s ground game has drawn so much praise over the years. After all, this is a guy who decisioned jiu-jitsu god Demian Maia, and did so on short notice. Weidman has also developed a pretty nasty striking game as well, which he’s showcased in recent victories over the likes of Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida .
Now it will be interesting to see what kind of strategy Weidman looks to employ against Belfort on May 23rd. The latter has been stopping dudes left, right and center lately with highlight reel kicks. It should be noted that Mr. Belfort is also a BJJ Black Belt. It’s going to be an interesting night.
UFC 187 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.