Chris Weidman Had His Worst Training Camp Ever for a Fight (UFC 175 Video)

July 6, 2014
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For any of the doubters, Chris Weidman cemented his position as UFC middleweight champion at UFC 175 by defeating Lyoto Machida. Despite an impressive performance, the champ said he had probably the worst training camp of his career heading into the fight.

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  • Manuel Lopez

    This guy is the real deal. I knew that from the moment Silva kept refusing to face him back then. Yea lol, all the haters are real quiet back in their basements after watching Weidman legitimately defending his title and making Machida look ordinary. Not an easy task.

    • natpaukar7

      Rampage Jackson made machida look “ordinary,” quite frankly. Weidman is good no doubt about it and I definitely believe he own, something about his style is very difficult but in no way shape or form is he or will he be a fraction of the fighter Anderson silva was. I’m interested in rockhold weidman.

      • Manuel Lopez

        He is already more than a ‘fraction’. He defeated Silva TWICE when no else could dethrone him. My God, when will this damn denial end?

      • ShutTheFuckUp

        Oh, you mean the guy that got KTFO with a spinning round house kick? Yeah, that will be an amazing fight to watch. Zzzzzzzz….

  • MMAreality

    image the excuses when he loses. Another Tito Ortiz

    • MMAreality

      ***imagine

  • The milkman

    He said I don’t wanna make excuses and then makes excuses in the same sentence.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Excuses for what? He won.

  • Jon Doe

    Machida 1-2-4-5

    • TheCerealKiller

      LOL!

    • Maddawgmar

      I watched at a bar with no sound. Machida lost big. I only gave him the 4th and the 5th coulda gone either way IMO, but felt Weidman landed the more convincing shots.

      • Jon Doe

        No.. Absolutely not
        Rogan:
        1. “excelent combinations”
        Reality, Chris landed 1 shot
        2. “Big Knee”
        Reality, 4rd 3:50 knee missed completely
        3. “Machida getting battered”
        Reality, Chris landed a slicing straight right followed by grazing punches that appeared more than it was.
        4. Rogan exaggerated every positive thing Chris did while dismissing everything Machida did. “it was blocked” or it “missed”
        I could prove with slow motion and freeze frame exact time every round to back up my words.
        Machida landed clean power shots repeatedly. Hard liver kicks that swelled severely. If you really saw Chris Landing more power shots than you already had your mind made up before the fight. Reality, Chris controlled center 1-2-3 had 1 big elbow from guard, 1 big stand elbow, 1 slicing straight right (the cut) 1 big right hook near the end (Machida right eye) TD’s but no serious damage and some really solid inside leg kicks. All bias aside that was all that actually happened. Everything else was grazing or missed completely especially the “knees” combined with the Leonard Garcia (aggression) it appeared more than it was. Can you prove me wrong with an exact freeze frame time to show me where Chris landed anything else?

        • Maddawgmar

          Oh, so Joe Rogan swayed the judges. Because they get to hear the commentary. MMAJunkie, MMAWeekley, Sherdog, Bleacher Report reporters who watched from press row and scored the fight for Weidman on their sites, were swayed by Rogans commentary. They get to hear the broadcast.

          The Bar I watched it at didn’t have sound as to not bother the customers that wasn’t there for the fights, yet all the people there, that I talked to at least, felt Weidman won.

          • Jon Doe

            Rogan altered public opinion, this is a fact that has/had/have done many times before. Remember Herb Dean, he called him out, resulting in Herb having a quick trigger finger for the Rousey/McMann fight. Yes he does effect peoples perception.
            1. are you saying Rogan has never shown bias towards a select fighter? Never exaggerates in his commenting “it’s deep, it’s deep he has it locked in! oh.. he got out, good escape”
            2. you conveniently avoided my second argument.
            3. I dont care what people think or who they opined won the fight. They all said Jones won the Gus fight as well, so..
            All bias aside, watching the fight a second time, up close, YOU tell me how many thudding power shot did Chris actually land? Compare that to how many hard clean shots Machida landed. Seriously I want you to prove to me what rd and what time did “Weidman landed the more convincing shots” All I saw was what I stated, I want to see what everyone else saw but I am not one to be a sheep/follower. I saw what I saw until proven otherwise.
            Show me, I will retract

          • The milkman

            You should be an mma judge. You make a lot of sense. You don’t seem mentally disturbed or retarded or anything. You’ll be great.

          • Jon Doe

            :-)

          • YouFaggot

            You should teach the special needs in a special education. You sound competent and non-diluted. Maybe they’ll learn something valuable from your comments.

    • riverdawg

      Dude, forget about Rogan bias and just look at the numbers. Weidman landed more total Strikes than Machida, 90-63. He landed more significant strikes 65-58. He landed more leg kicks, 11-4. He had 5 takedowns(those score points) and he was the more aggressive fighter for the majority of the fight. He stalked Machida for the first 3 rounds, did more damage and controlled the Octagon. Machida landed some great body kicks and delivered some hard punches but he knew he was losing that fight, thats why he got way more aggressive in the later rounds when Weidman was slowing down. Machida knew he needed to finish the fight to win. Even after the fight Machida said he should have been more aggressive in the earlier rounds. It was a great fight but Weidman clearly won because he pressed the action, scored more points and did more damage. Machida’s passive low volume counter punching style was his downfall.

      • Jon Doe

        I will not let you get away with meaningless Fight metric stats

        Chris – Controlled center 1,2,3 but what he did with it was nothing new,(everybody chases Machida because he’s counter puncher, thats what he wants) a
        few TD’s no more than 30 seconds to a minute without any major damage
        aside from 1 good elbow in the beginning of the fight. Lots of grazing
        punches, a few solid inside leg kicks, 1 slicing straight right followed by grazing/missed follow ups punches appeared more
        than it actually was, 1 big right hook to Machidas left eye and 1 really good clean standing elbow toward the end of the fight.
        Machida
        – Landed very clean clearly visible counters shots over and over from rd 1 and on, (rd1 imo was clear) hard left liver kicks multiple times (huge swelling) effective flurries landing solid combinations, Hard straight lefts repeatedly in the 4th, good inside leg
        kicks, won the 4th easily 10-8 Chris did absolutely nothing in that rd,
        controlled center 4-5
        Conclusion: Machida 1-2-4-5 easy, 4th rd 10-8
        Machida
        was cut from the that slicing punch and that right hook to the eye in the 5th allowed the illusion that he was bested but in reality he was NOT beat down or defeated, he looked like he could have went another 2 rounds, true damage is whats inside the body. (Thudding impacts) Chris
        was swollen inside his ribs you can see it, exhausted, beat down, took a lot of liver kicks and looked relieved
        the fight was over.

        Like I said repeatedly, I can prove everything I say, “Rogan Big Knee” rd4 3:50 completely missed. Can you prove to me? Aside from points and TD’s, just give me what rd and time did Chris landed or caused any serious damage other than what I have stated. I debated with at least 10 people and NOT 1 have been able to dispute my claims. Just show me. I can show you Machida punching Chris square in the face over and over, kicks to the liver over and over. Clear undeniable stills. Just do me the same.

        • riverdawg

          While I find it very interesting how meticulous you are being, you are also splitting hairs and missing the big picture. Literally picking out single punches. Weather it was a slicing punch or a grazing punch…Machida’s face was still busted up pretty bad and he had a giant hematoma on the side of his head. Damage is damage. And that will always score points in your favor. He looked like he got beat up because he did in fact get beaten up and taken out of his game.

          I’ll agree Weidman slowed down considerably in the 4th and that round was definitely Machida’s. It was hardly a 10-8 round though man. Im sorry. He won the round big but Chris was never in danger of being finished. And as I said before Machida came out fighting really aggressive in the last round because he knew he was down on the score cards. Machida himself knew he was losing that fight and even conceded that he was losing the fight and should have been more aggressive. How can you argue with Machida’s desperate attempts to finish the fight at the end and his own words that he should have done more in the fight?

          • Jon Doe

            Now we have moved from fight metric to look at his face? “desperate” or saw an opening? either way it is nothing more than speculating. Machida was asked “should you have been more aggressive?” his response “maybe but the first rd I was studying his game” good job trying to spin it though..
            Jones and Machida are the 2 most scrutinized fighters that everybody wants to see lose. Any and every excuse they find they will use. To dispute you counter argument “look at his face” it was literally from the three shots i stated. the elbow from gnp, (side of head) the slicing straight right (cut) and the right hook (eye). He’s cut, there is a difference between thudding impact and a glancing blow. Gus hit Jones with the exact type of blow to open up a cut right above Jones eye. Was it a concussing damaging blow? No. Did it look damaging? yup. Really look at his face, does it look like it was from repeated blows? Chris won because you wanted him to win.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHDfHDl8xEI

          • riverdawg

            Weidman won because “I wanted him to win”? For your information I wanted Machida to win that fight. I was rooting for Machida, I was jumping out of my seat at the bar when he hit Weidman with that barrage of strikes at the end of the 5th round. I’m just not afraid to admit that he got beat though. I don’t care about agendas, Joe Rogan Bias, etc. I watch a lot of fights because I love watching fights. And I always watch objectively.

            Machida’s style was ineffective in this fight. Weidman cut off the Octagon for 3 rounds and never let Machida get into a Rhythm. And weather you want to admit it or not he out struck Machida. My eyes told me that, I don’t need stats for that. I’m not saying Machida’s didn’t hurt Weidman, I’m not saying he didn’t hit him with good shots. I’m saying Ultimately for the Majority of the fight Chris did a better of of Grappling, Controlling the Octagon, Striking and he was more aggressive. THAT is what the fights are judged on. I saw all that with my eyes, without Rogan because I watched the fight in a bar with no sound and the numbers backed that up after the fact weather you believe it or not. In the first 3 rounds Chris almost doubled Machida’s output. He landed twice as many significant strikes. You can’t win a fight if you are getting outworked like that. Its that simple.

            This is mixed martial arts and 5 take downs score points. Weidman also passed his guard into a dominant position twice. More points. Machida did a great job of getting back up and he was never really in danger of getting finished but he never attempted any submissions in the process. He still got taken down 5 times. Theres no arguing that, he lost the grappling portion of the fight.

            This is another case of Machida’s passive counter punching style coming back to bite him. It doesn’t work against a pressure fighter like Weidman unless Machida knocks him out.

            Again thudding shots, glancing blows. Blood is blood, damage is damage. I’m sure the judges saw the purple welts on Chris’s ribs from all the body kicks but it doesn’t change the fact that Chris was the dominant fighter for a majority of the fight. As a big fan of Machida I can honestly say he lost that fight. I thought he would be too elusive for Chris, esp with him being faster at middle weight but he just didn’t do enough to win. The fight itself showed that, the stats showed it. It was a great fight but theres no way Machida won any area of that fight until the 4th and 5th round but by that time he was too far behind on the score cards. I thought the Gus/Jones fight was way closer than this one honestly. I think Jones won but Gus put a good beating on him. This glancing blow vs thudding blow argument is ridiculous man. A cut is a cut, his fist caused it and blood came out of his face. Damage is damage buddy. You think the judges are gonna care if its a solid shot or glancing. The glancing blows are the ones that cause the most cuts a lot of the times.

          • Jon Doe

            Chris Weidman: Requires x-ray on left jaw, right elbow, right ribs and right ankle;
            Lyoto Machida: Suspended until 08/20 due to facial laceration.
            Yes it matters, Machida’s boo boo will heal in a week, the cut will scab and peal off and he’s back to normal. Chris injuries although not clearly visible are the ones that sticks around a while. Jaw, Ribs especially is going to hurt for sometime, this is what happens when you are struck very hard, bones fracture, blood vessels pop, internal swelling and most likely he was concussed as well “I dont know I was in the moment” There’s no doubt in my mind, not you or any other fanboy can possibly tell me Chris caused more damage. All you had to do was show me what round and time did Chris allegedly caused all this damage but you did NOT, instead sticking with trivial factoids because you can NOT prove it. NFL players dont complain about cuts and scraps they complain about losing their minds from repeated hard blows. But you know what? you win man, stating Jones won is all I needed to know. Thank you and good day.

          • riverdawg

            Omg. So because Chris “might” have a longer Medical Suspension and get x-rays that means he lost the fight? Yer out of your mind dude. Ronda Rousey “might” be out till January while Alexis Davis is out till July and Rousey smoked her. Uriah Faber might be out till 2015 but he finished Caceras. Yer logic is so flawed its silly. Fighters get X-rayed all the time after fights. Sometimes winners walk out of the Octagon with more injuries than the loser. Matt Mitrione is having a Chest Scan and he didn’t even fight!! That is hardly a gauge for who won. Your entire argument is that Machida hit him with singular harder shots and did more internal damage so he won the fight. How are judges supposed to be able to tell if Chris has an injured elbow, ankle or Jaw? What do they hand them x-rays in between rounds now? Chris won that fight, give it up already. He took Machida out of his game from the opening round and forced him to play catch up.

          • Jon Doe

            lol.. look.. “yer” I said “Yer” Win! Chris Weidman is the Greatest fighter in all of martial arts. He is an Immortal God. Chris Won! Chris Won! Chris Won! Happy? How many more times do I need to say it? Who are “yer” trying to convince me or “yer” self? Hmm..? “Yer” response gives away what we both know to be true. This is called Denial. Yer! lol.. omg yer just a kid..

  • Hansa

    Chris won the match clearly..Machida was a disappointment. He was to defensive and lacked the aggressiveness that Weidman had. Machida is a phenomenal fighter but he tends to be quite boring some times. I really hope Vitor gets the chance now…