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Weidman’s fortunes have fluctuated since that afternoon at the Times Center in Manhattan – a time when the UFC was still outlawed in his and Longo’s native New York. However, what he laid out that day, at the top of his game, was a blueprint for how to handle the moments of often brutal violence and adversity that mixed martial arts can inflict upon its participants. After all, here was a four-time NCAA All-Star Wrestler, hailing from Hofstra, who won nothing at school. Weidman’s mixed martial arts was going to be different: “I decided to be the hard-working guy – hard work and preparation bred confidence; and I stopped losing.”
Beyond Weidman’s Damascene conversion on the mats of the NCAA, you’ll also hear from him and Longo on:
-Dealing with the crossroads presented by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated Weidman’s home, in 2012.
-Longo’s ‘trifecta’ that leads to the perfect alchemy between a champion and their coach.
-Weidman’s efforts to prove his doubters wrong; using their barbs as fuel.
-Why even as UFC world champion Weidman felt he ‘knew nothing’
-Handling the balance of process versus outcome when athletes and coaches often live and die by their results.