Damn ninjas cutting onions. You’re making it awfully difficult for me to root for Luke Rockhold.
UFC middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman is giving one fan the opportunity of a lifetime tonight when he makes his way to the cage to defend his belt.
Ian Matuszak, a decorated jiu-jitsu fighter, student, and huge fan of mixed martial arts, was flown with his family to Las Vegas, Nevada, courtesy the UFC and Weidman.
Born 15 weeks premature in May 1995 along with his triplet siblings, Ian and his brother Alec were diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Both Matuszak boys require walkers to move around daily and motorized wheelchairs for longer distances. Ian was recently diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer.
However, these setbacks in life hasn’t dampened the fan’s enthusiasm and vigor.
Inspired by his resiliency, Weidman not only invited the Matuszak family to watch the fights, he made a promise to Ian:
“I don’t know if you know this,” Weidman told Ian, “but you’re going to be walking out with me. And you need an outfit.”
With that, Weidman handed Matuszak a UFC Reebok backpack, complete with authentic corner kit – the Weidman champion jersey and warmup suit.
“What the f—?” Matuszak blurted in complete surprise, as everyone laughed. “This is incredible! Oh my God, thank you!”
“You’re awesome, man,” Weidman told him, offering his hand. “It’s going to be a good time.”
Moreover, Ian will be cheering for Weidman as he makes his fourth title defense in the co-main event of UFC 194 tonight on pay-per-view.