It takes an incredible amount of strength to submit someone with a standing guillotine. Middleweight Chris Weidman, of Baldwin, has that strength.
Weidman used the submission move to submit Jesse Bongfeldt with six seconds left in the first round at UFC 131 in Vancouver on Saturday night. Weidman, a two-time All-American wrestler at both Nassau CC and Hofstra, earned submission of the night honors and a $70,000 bonus on top of his show and win money.
Bongfeldt landed a kick early in the round that seemed to stun Weidman, but he got the clinch, followed by a takedown by suplex and worked his wrestling for most of the round. Bongeldt got back to his feet in the final minute.
Once standing again, Weidman led with a knee that landed to the midsection. Bongfeldt bent forward a bit and attempted a takedown. But Bongfeldt left himself exposed and Weidman (6-0) grabbed the neck for the standing guillotine choke.
“I have a lot of dangerous moves from that position, so when I had his head, I knew I could pull off the choke," Weidman said. "It felt good to have a full camp to prepare and work on all parts of my game. I’m ready to do whatever possible to keep improving and I’m looking forward to getting back in there.”