It was just a matter of time before Chris Weidman (4-0) got the call from the UFC. I've had the pleasure of seeing all four of his pro fights live at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat in New Jersey, and doing the commentary on the Internet broadcast for the last two. Weidman is a world class wrestler, but in his ROC title fight against Uriah Hall he showed that he can stand and bang as well. Hall is a monster puncher but Chris turned the tables and knocked Hall down with a left hook before getting the TKO via ground and pound.
Tomorrow night, Weidman will face his toughest test as he makes his UFC debut at UFC Live on Versus 3. He's taking on hard-hitting Alessio Sakara (15-7), who in addition to having much more MMA experience, is also a professional boxer with an 8-1 record.
Clearly, this is a dangerous fight for a guy making his debut in the big show, but Weidman has shown that he can rise to the challenge. A Long Islander, Chris trains out of the Serra-Longo camp and is a former NY State wrestling champ, so it makes sense that he'll look for the takedown and to break Sakara down his GNP.
Keep your eye on Chris Weidman. I think he's going to really surprise people with his well-rounded skills. Check out his fight with Uriah Hall after the jump.