Chris Weidman's Coach Says He's For Real
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.10.2014
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In an interview with MMA Junkie, Ray Longo, the coach of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (12-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) praised his client and spoke about some of his potential fights in the future.
On how good Weidman is: "You're going to have your doubters, and these (opponents) are legends. People need to live through people. To me, whether he won that fight or lost that fight, Chris Weidman is a great fighter. I see him in the gym; I see what goes on in the gym. I don't care what happens. Chris Weidman is for real. He's a great fighter. He's going to be around for a long time, as long as he can stay injury free. Look, he got Lyoto Machida. (Quinton) ‘Rampage' Jackson couldn't do that to him; Dan Henderson couldn't do that to him; Rashad Evans couldn't … you know what I mean?"
On the fight with Machida: "I thought after third round, Lyoto was breaking and it was just going to get worse. But to Lyoto's credit, he really put everything he had into that fight. He did a great job, too. He's a class act. He's great for the sport. I thought that fight was just phenomenal for everybody. (Weidman has) got heart, determination and a belief in himself. Matt said afterward that you're remembered for your wars, and I think this fight was a good one for the both of them."
On possible future opponents: "I think the three top guys would probably be Souza, Rockhold and [Belfort]...if that guy can ever get his act together, which I think I think this guy's living in a different universe at this point."