Chris Weidman, the UFC middleweight champion, grew up in Baldwin and was a two-time All-American wrester at both Nassau CC and Hofstra.

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Chris Weidman, left, attacks Anderson Silva during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout. (Dec. 28, 2013)

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Chris Weidman, top, punches Anderson Silva during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Dec. 28, 2013)

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Chris Weidman celebrates after defeating Anderson Silva during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout. (Dec. 28, 2013)

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UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. (Dec. 28, 2013)

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UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. (Dec. 28, 2013)

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Chris Weidman, left, stands over Anderson Silva, during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout. (Dec. 28, 2013)

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Chris Weidman walks after defeating Anderson Silva during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout. (Dec. 28, 2013)

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Chris Weidman, top, holds Anderson Silva to the mat during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Dec. 28, 2013)

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UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman spars as trainer Ray Longo looks on. (Dec. 12, 2013)

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UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and trainer Ray Longo pose for a photo. (Dec. 12, 2013)

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Chris Weidman, left and Anderson Silva embrace after their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (July 6, 2013)

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UFC Middleweight World Champion Chris Weidman, a Baldwin native, holds his championship belt at the Coral House as he celebrates the newly proclaimed Chris Weidman Day. (July 17, 2013)

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Chris Weidman knocks down Anderson Silva with a left hook to the chin during the second round of their championship fight at UFC 162. (July 6, 2013)

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Chris Weidman, right, reacts after defeating Anderson Silva during the second round of their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (July 6, 2013)

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Chris Weidman reacts after knocking down Anderson Silva during the second round of their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 6, 2013.

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Chris Weidman looks on before a UFC on Fuel 4 Mixed Martial Arts middleweight bout against Mark Munoz in San Jose, Calif.

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Chris Weidman celebrates after beating Mark Munoz in a UFC on Fuel 4 MMA middleweight bout in San Jose, Calif. (July 11, 2012)

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Frankie Edgar, left, and Chris Weidman talk in the front row at UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (May 5, 2012)

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CHRIS WEIDMAN, UFC fighter
Pick: Giants 34, Patriots 28
"New England won't be able to stop Eli and the Giants offense, and the Giants defense will have their hands full with Tom Brady," the Baldwin-raised UFC fighter said. "Giants will prevail!"

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Chris Weidman kicks Demian Maia in a Middleweight out during an Ultimate Fighting Championship match at the United Center in Chicago. (Jan. 28, 2012)

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Hofstra's Chris Weidman, left, defeated Penn State's Phil Davis by decision, 5-4, during a match on Dec. 10, 2006. Both are now top MMA prospects in the UFC.

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Chris Weidman, left, from Baldwin, submitted Jesse Bongfeldt with six seconds left in the first round at UFC 131 in Vancouver. (June 11, 2011)

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Chris Weidman, top, of Baldwin, N.Y., fights Jesse Bongfeldt, of Kenora, Ont., in a middleweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 131. (June 11, 2011)

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Chris Weidman punches Alessio Sakara during their middleweight fight at the UFC Live on Versus 3 event at the KFC Yum! Center. (March 3, 2011)

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Chris Weidman, left, receives grappling instructions from his trainer and former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and former UFC fighter Pete "Drago" Sell. (Feb. 16, 2011)

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Four-time All-American wrestler Chris Weidman, 26, of Baldwin, supervises a wrestling class he teaches at Ray Longo Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Garden City.

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Mixed martial arts fighter Chris Weidman, 26, encourages his students during a wrestling class he teaches at Ray Longo Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Garden City. (Sept. 9, 2010)

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Middleweight Chris Weidman, 26, of Baldwin, trains with Ray Longo in Garden City for his title shot against Ring of Combat champion Uriah Hall on Sept. 24 in Atlantic City. (Sept. 9, 2010)

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Middleweight Chris Weidman, 26, of Baldwin, trains with Ray Longo in Garden City for his title shot against Ring of Combat champion Uriah Hall on Sept. 24 in Atlantic City.

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Middleweight Chris Weidman of Baldwin, trains with Ray Longo in Garden City. (Sept. 9, 2010)

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Mixed martial arts fighter Chris Weidman during a training session at Ray Longo MMA in Garden City. (Sept. 9, 2010)

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