It’s not every day that a Long Island native knocks out Anderson Silva to earn the UFC championship belt, so the folks in Chris Weidman’s neck of the woods went out of their way today to make a big deal of it. Proclaiming July 17 as “Chris Weidman Day”, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, New York State Senator Dean Skelos and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray gathered with a the newly-minted champ’s friends and family at a catering hall in Weidman’s hometown to honor the Hofstra University alum – even awarding him a “Town of Hempstead Championship belt” to go with his UFC hardware.

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Of course, mixed in with the celebratory accolades was talk of New York’s stance on sanctioned MMA and how Weidman can fight anywhere in the U.S. except his home state. But most agreed that having the best 185-pound fighter in the world residing on Long Island certainly couldn’t hurt the cause.

While the champ was busy taking pictures with his fans, CagedInsider caught up with his father, Charlie Weidman, who was in his son’s corner for the momentous UFC 162 bout.