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Undefeated UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is hanging out at his home on Long Island and rehabbing a broken hand, but just because he can't fight doesn't mean he can't do cool shit like maybe save the life of his 94-year-old neighbor.


Last week, Anna Croenlein slipped and fell in her home, gashing the back of her head on a glass table. "It was a beauty," Croenlein told the Daily News. "There was so much blood I didn't think I had blood anymore."

Alone and confused, Croenlein walked outside into a downpour, and began screaming for help. Only Weidman, who was in his garage a few doors down, heard her. And just barely—he couldn't make out what it was.

Weidman hopped in his car and headed towards the sound, his window rolled down. Rain was spraying in his face, but as he drove past Croenlein's house, he heard the unmistakable sound of a woman pleading for help.

Weidman burst out of his vehicle and rushed up to Croenlein.

"She was holding her neck and there was blood everywhere," Weidman said. "It was the worst amount of blood I've ever seen."


Weidman took her inside, out of the rain, and called a cop friend of his, who radioed for an ambulance. Weidman applied pressure to Croenlein's wound, and kept her calm until help arrived.

"The one thing that kinda broke my heart, was she kept saying, 'I just wanted to live one more year,' " Weidman said. "I'm like, 'You're gonna live. You're not dying today. Today's not your day.' "

When Chris Weidman tells you "you're not dying today," you don't die.

Croenlein's daughter said Weidman stopped by the house the next day to see how she was doing. (She's fine.) And then, right after that, he headed to his old high school to make a surprise appearance at a homecoming rally. Because he's either got a really awesome PR team, or a big ol' heart.

"He was just a very, very sweet man," Croenlein said. "Like a mother who was caring for her baby."

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