UFC middleweight Chris Weidman succeeds in the Octagon to ensure stability in the future.
At Saturday’s UFC 139 event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., Weidman (Twitter: @ChrisWeidmanUFC) choked Tom Lawlor unconscious in Round 1 of their contest, which was broadcast on Facebook. Weidman admitted he knew how tight his grasp was, and Lawlor was not escaping the D’Arce choke.
“As soon as I had my hands together I knew he wasn’t getting out,” Weidman told MMADieHards.com. “That’s why I wasn’t squeezing that hard. I knew he was going to go out. He was out before the ref stepped in for like 10 freaking seconds.
“I told the ref he was out, but he wouldn’t listen to me. Finally the ref asked him if he was out and then he stopped the fight.”
The victory was nothing short of highlight reel material, although Weidman doesn’t intend to use it to catapult to the forefront of the division.
He suffered zero damage against Lawlor, and put him to sleep in 127 seconds. That gives Weidman three consecutive Octagon victories as part of his 7-0 career record, not to mention the most recent two coming by way of first-round submission. The former Ring of Combat middleweight champ has the ammunition to sound off and request a big-name fight, but he is content to move forward, slow and steady.
“I don’t really have a preference who I fight next, that’s up to the UFC,” Weidman said. “I’m not looking to call anybody out, I’m patient, I’m in no rush. I’m not going anywhere so whoever they want to give me, I’m looking forward to it. I’m happy the way things have been going and I’m fine if they continue to go that way. Like I said, I’m in no rush.”
No rush to climb the UFC ladder perhaps, but Weidman is anxious to get back to Long Island.
Weidman closed out the weekend in San Francisco, but Monday marked the return to New York with intentions of getting right back to the Serra-Longo gym. As much as Weidman wishes to improve as a mixed martial artist, he will be using some of the downtime until his next fight to take care of other responsibilities.
“I’ll be in the gym training a lot, but I’m going to be working on some things trying to improve my future and financial stability,” Weidman admitted. “My wife is pregnant, so I guess it’s time for me to get my life together. I’ll take this time off to think about all that stuff and keep working out so I can keep this success going.”