NEW YORK – Former UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman is on top of the world these days. On this sunny day atop the Empire State Building, the Long Island native returns home to fight in the UFC 205 this Saturday night. The first ever UFC fight ever at Madison Square Garden.
"It’s been surreal, coming back home to fight in front of my family and friends is a dream come true,” Weidman said.
He took in the sights and engaged with his fans. But the stories and dreams of his childhood and his fascination with New York City and Madison Square Garden came rushing back to him like it were yesterday, when he was in junior high school.
“We used to jump on the train, and come into the city, and walk around MSG a place that has a certain presence,” Weidman said.
At 13-1, he faces 39-year-old Cuban Yoel Romero, who is 12-1 and a silver medalist in the 2000 Olympics. Both fighters specialize in wrestling. But Weidman, who is seven years younger, will try to wear down his opponent. Weidman says if he wins Saturday night, it would be an unbelievable night, especially with his family and friends in the crowd.