Chris Weidman has had some very tough times over the last few weeks, and it didn’t get any easier over the past couple of days.
The UFC middleweight contender lost his home earlier this month during the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Weidman’s Long Island home suffered major damage and flooding amidst the catastrophic storm that swept through the east coast of the United States.
Never one to be deterred however, Weidman and his family picked up the pieces and with help from his manager and friends, relocated to Arizona to continue his training for a scheduled bout against Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.
Weidman’s manager, David Martin of the Martin Advisory Group, also works with the team at Power MMA and Fitness headed up by UFC regulars Ryan Bader and Aaron Simpson, and they were more than happy to extend a helping hand to their friend for his training camp.
According to Martin who spoke to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday, it was friends like Bader and Simpson along with a dedicated group of sponsors that helped Weidman during his time of need.
Martin says the team at Bad Boy offered to fly Weidman out to Las Vegas with a free place to stay to allow him to train in the city, as well as MicroTech who offered to pay Weidman his sponsorship money ahead of his UFC 155 bout against Tim Boetsch. Martin also revealed that the team at American Ethanol and the Sanford Group also stepped up to help Weidman after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy cost the fighter and his family their home.
The support didn’t go unnoticed as Weidman was extremely appreciative of the sponsors that stepped up to help him as well as a personal call from UFC President Dana White, who vowed to stand by the fighter in his time of need.
Unfortunately in the midst of getting ready for his bout, Weidman suffered a shoulder injury while drilling his wrestling with the team in Arizona.
“Chris was wrestling and it just happened, his shoulder popped,” Martin told MMAWeekly.com. “He had an MRI on Tuesday and he’s flying home to New York as we speak while we wait for the orthopedic surgeon to make a final diagnosis.
“We just felt it was bad enough that there was no way Chris could fight at UFC 155, and to be fair to the UFC and Tim Boetsch, we didn’t want to delay the inevitable so we had to make the call to pull out of the fight.”
Weidman will await final word on just how bad his shoulder injury really is, and how long it will take him to get back in action in 2013.