The 29-year-old explained that he was bullied badly as a child, by fellow children in his hometown of Baldwin, New York, and also by his brother.
Weidman said his brother once dropped a 10-pound free weight on his head because he wouldn't grab him a cookie, and that it split his forehead open.
"I was severely bullied," Weidman said. "I didn't really even think about it as bullying up until a year or two ago when I gave an anti bullying speech, and I realized holy crap I was really badly bullied.
"My brother definitely had a history of beating me up and abusing me...I grew up getting bullied and fighting a lot. My brother was probably one of the toughest kids from my neighborhood and he didn't make it easy on me. He made sure I was getting beat up as much as possible growing up. If he wasn't beating me up, he was making his friends beat me up. He threw a 10 pound weight on my head because I wouldn't get him a cookie. [It] split plit my forehead open pretty good."
Weidman, who fights former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva in the main event of this weekend's UFC 168 card in Las Vegas, Nev., says the early adversity in his childhood helped him become the man he is today.
Weidman explained that he's ready for whatever Silva throws at him, even a front kick to the face.
“I’m ready to get knocked down, fight back up,” Weidman said just days before his UFC 168 fight against Silva. “I’m ready for all the worst things to happen to me and fight through it. I’m not hoping for that. But I’m prepared for it because if it was to happen and I didn’t visualize something like that happening, then you freak out and don’t react the right way. So, I’m prepared to get kicked in the face with a front kick, and go ‘Holy smokes!’ and wake up on the ground, find something to grab on and say ‘Screw you, I’m gonna still win this.”
As for Silva, he says his first fight with Weidman is in the past and that he's excited for a new beginning.
“The last fight is in the past. I’m really looking forward to this next fight, and everything is going to be different,” said Silva on a recent media conference call promoting UFC 168.