Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Weidman's second professional MMA bout took place on April 17, 2009. The fight was staged by Ring of Combat and Weidman's opponent was Mike Stewart.
Although it was only Weidman's second fight he had a vocal contingent of supporters at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Weidman's opponent at ROC 24 was the 3-1 Mike Stewart. Entering the bout, Stewart had three first round finishes and one second round submission loss to his name.
Weidman used his wrestling to take Stewart to the ground early. Once on the ground, Weidman transitioned directly into side control. From there Weidman was very heavy on the body of Stewart, looking for submissions.
After a brief scramble, Stewart was able to regain his feet. Once standing, Weidman attacked, winging wild punches that left Stewart cowering on the mat, just waiting for the stoppage that finally came at the 2:38 mark of the first round.
Weidman's striking was effective in this bout, but it was clearly a beginners striking game. For that reason, this fight ranks as number eight in the career of Weidman.
At the end of the bout, the announcer stated, "I'll tell you what, Chris Weidman is going to build himself a following very quickly." It didn't take long for those words to prove true.