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Chris Weidman’s Coach Hopes Champ Doesn’t Fight Anderson Silva Again

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While a lot of fans want to see Anderson Silva battle Chris Weidman for a third time, not everyone is sold on the match-up, including the middleweight champ’s striking coach.

Dana White has relayed several times that Silva could secure a fight with the winner of Weidman-Vitor Belfort, provided the former champ defeats Nick Diaz at UFC 183. The proclamation has been greeted with joy by some, while others have questioned whether “The Spider” should face Weidman again, if the latter’s victorious at UFC 184. The argument being, of course, that Weidman has already defeated Silva on two occasions.

Well, Weidman’s striking coach, the renowned Ray Longo, was recently asked to weigh-in on the situation while talking to MMA Fighting.com. Not surprisingly, Longo believes a third fight between Weidman and Silva is redundant.

“I don’t want to see the fight,” Longo said. “Me personally as a trainer, I don’t want to see the fight. And the guy is getting older. At this point, you have nothing to prove. I don’t get it. I don’t want to see the guy get hurt. You’re putting a talented, one of the greatest of all time, up against a strong, huge, fierce fighter. It’s not like Weidman is deficient in any area. He’s proven it.”

Longo also had this to say about the fact that Diaz won’t lock up a title shot, provided he defeats Silva:

“I don’t get it,” Longo said. “And it should be vice versa. If Nick Diaz wins, then he should do it. I don’t like when they say one guy is gonna get it and one guy’s not.”

Yes, despite the fact that both of Silva’s losses to Weidman have come via rather unique circumstances (getting KO’d after taunting and then breaking his leg in the rematch), there’s a growing camp of folks who don’t see Silva defeating the well rounded wrestler.¬†Especially since, as Longo noted, Silva is pushing 40 and Weidman is only 30.

Now, of course, all this talk is premature right now any ways. Silva still has to get past Diaz tomorrow night, and Weidman has to defeat Belfort at UFC 184, which will take place on February 28th.

UFC 183 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the co-headliner, Tyron Woodley will take on rising welterweight Kelvin Gastelum.

4 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Speaking of Weidman, he’s out of UFC 184, looks like his and Belfort’s fight will be pushed back once again

  • AlphaOmega says:

    More news about UFC 184 Belfort and his wife (who’s his manager) are demanding an interim belt now that Weidman is out hurt again (rib injury). Dana called Machida offered it to him, he said yes, called Beflort back to say him vs Machida for interim, Belfort says no he wants to wait on Weidman now.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    I’m with vitor on this, he doesn’t have a lot of time remaining and he got off the TRT and passed every drug test. He deserved to only fight for the real belt not an interim. He said if it was for the real belt he would fight machida. It’s his last chance to really win a belt he’s not getting any younger, the toll on his body is there even if you can’t see it physically. People need to hop off cause he did everything right to fight weidman and there were 3 delays already from weidman injuries. I completely understand where vitor is coming from

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Someone on Bloody Elbow pointed out a situation and I think it might be right, I think this whole thing has been a miscommunication. I think Belfort and his wife blew up Dana’s phone saying I want a fight for the title now with Weidman out, and Dana just thought he meant for interim so went to make that fight, not thinking he meant strip Weidman of the real belt

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