Less than a week ago, Hurricane Sandy blew through the Northeast like the seventh plague of Egypt, leaving over 40,000 New Yorkers alone without a home to go back to. One of the people we originally reported to be among the homeless was UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman, whose house was “lost in the storm” according to a tweet sent out by UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader.
And although it turns out that the damage wasn’t as bad as we reported (his house is still standing for starters), it will still be weeks, if not months, before Weidman’s home is deemed livable again. Luckily for us, Weidman was generous enough to give MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani a tour of his home and the surrounding damage and even managed to capture some footage of his house as the storm was progressing. Pretty captivating stuff.
Video after the jump.
Being the impossibly nice guy that Weidman is, he makes sure to inform Helwani that he actually made out a lot better than many of his neighbors. In case he hadn’t nailed that point home, Weidman gives us a tour of the surrounding area (24:00), which looks like a cheesesteak cart post-Hurricane Christie [RIMSHOT]. And hey, Weidman even ended up with a free basketball hoop for his troubles. Like we said, dude’s blessed.
Strikeforce heavyweight Gian Villante makes an appearance around the 22 minute mark to lend his help (and his trousers) to his fellow Long Islander. But even then, Weidman just has to throw a jab out there about Villante claiming to be a “UFC fighter” when he’s still stuck in Strikeforce purgatory. Don’t worry, Gian, that tragedy will also be over soon.
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