Long Island MMA fans we’re excited to see Serra Longo’s Chris Weidman and Al Iaquinta on the same card Memorial Day weekend. Weidman was set to defend his middle weight title against Lyoto Machida, and Al Iaquinta will take on Mitch Clarke. Unfortunately a knee injury has forced Weidman to withdraw from the fight. The injury will require Weidman to undergo minor knee surgery to his meniscus. The title fight has been moved to UFC 175 on July 5th. We wish Weidman a quick recovery. A new main event has not been announced yet for UFC 173.
Exciting news broke yesterday afternoon that Al’s Serra Longo teammate Chris Weidman would fight UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Weidman, as well as his fan base have been lobbying for the fight for some time now. Chris fought his way into the conversation with two big wins over Demian Maia and Mark Munoz, two of the top contenders in the division. Weidman will take on Silva who currently has a 16 fight win streak. 10 of those wins are title defenses. The fight will take place this summer on July 4th. Check out the story which was broken by Newsday’s Mark La Monica.
Following an impressive knock out win over Mark Munoz, Al’s Serra Longo teammate Chris Weidman has since been sidelined following surgery on a torn labrum. Weidman was injured while training for his fight against Tim Boetsch. Many people, as well as Weidman himself believe he should be the next in line for a shot at Anderson Silva’s middle weight title. Although Weidman may not be the biggest name in the middle weight division, there’s no denying that he’s the most deserving of a shot, especially with Micheal Bisping’s recently losing to Vitor Belfort. For some more information on this controversial middle weight discussion check out what MMA Junkie had to say. There’s lot’s of Long Island MMA fans that would love to see Weidman get his shot.
Hey everyone. We wanted to reach out to everyone following Hurricane Sandy. We hope all of our friends out there stayed safe during this difficult time. The damage that has taken place from Long Island, to New York City, to New Jersey, and the rest of the Eastern seaboard is shocking and devastating. We appreciate the support that everyone here has shown for Al during his time on TUF Live, as well as the continued support as he prepares for his next fight over the next few months. We would like to offer that same support in return. If there’s anything we can do for anyone in need please let us know. Well do anything we can if anyone needs a hand. Good luck to everyone and their families effected during this difficult time, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s anything we can help out with.
Check out Al’s Serra Longo teammate Chris Weidman showing Ariel Helwani the damage to his home right here in Baldwin, New York. Weidman, who’s family made it safe through the Hurricane, shows Helwani how the storm destroyed his Long Island home.
Tonight Al Iaquinta’s Serra Longo teammate Chris Weidman will take on Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC on Fuel 4. For those of you who may not know Weidman he’s been extremely impressive going 4-0 in his first four fights in the UFC(8-0 professionally overall). Weidman defeated Alessio Sakara in his UFC debut, Jesse Bongfeldt, Tom Lawlor, and most recently a big unanimous decision win over Demian Maia, a fight Weidman took on two weeks notice. Weidman was also the Ring of Combat middle weight champion. Chris, originally from Baldwin New York has a strong wrestling background. His resume is an impressive one. Weidman is a two-time Junior College All-American, two-time Division 1 All-American at Hofstra, NYS High School Wrestling Champion, 2007 CAA Wrestling Champion, NYS College Wrestling Champion, as well as a Grapplers Quest Absolute Division Champion, and a US Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. Make sure you tune into FUEL tonight at 8PM and support Chris in his fight against Mark Munoz. Here’s Al taking a little bit about his Serra Longo teammate. Continue Reading