Chris Weidman was born in Baldwin, New York. He started wrestling at a very young age. With his natural athleticism he mastered the sport very quickly. He attended Baldwin Senior High School on Long Island where he was a Nassau County and New York state wrestling Freestyle and Greco Roman.
A standout in college, he earned All- -American wrestling honors twice at Nassau Community College before transferring to Hofstra. He became the first junior college wrestler in history to be a NYS Collegiate Champion. At Hofstra, he became a two-time Division I All- -American, placing 3rd at the NCAA tournament his senior year. Weidman graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.