Although Ray Longo, UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman’s coach, hopes that former Middleweight King Anderson Silva recovers from his injuries quickly he hopes that he is able to go on with his career without any expectation to meet up with Weidman in the near future.
“I just think he got dominated in both fights, and definitely doesn’t deserve anywhere near a third fight, in my opinion,” said Longo.
Longo was shocked by the comments made by the former champ after his fight with Weidman at UFC 168.
“My initial feeling was, wow, this guy,” said Longo. “I always had a lot of respect for Anderson. But the first fight, he had his feet the wrong way, he was leaning too much, he knows what he did wrong. This time, Weidman didn’t do anything, and he got hurt.”
During the second round of their main event during UFC 168, Anderson threw a short, inside leg kick at Weidman, who checked it with perfect timing, shattering Anderson’s tibia and fibula.
This past weekend, Anderson sat down with Brazilian network, Globo and told them that his loss is the result of poor technique (not opening his hips when throwing a kick) and simply an accident, and if the injury didn’t happen, that he would have most likely won the fight.
“I think these guys just aren’t in touch with reality,” said Longo. “They have to learn how to lose properly and grow from your losses, and move on – instead of making excuses… Earn your way back up, correct your mistakes. That’s what really being a champion is. One win or loss doesn’t make a champion, but certainly making excuses isn’t being a champion, either.”
Weidman’s coach quested the mental state of the former champ since his injury suggesting that there might be a specific reason.
“I would think it’s a lot of Oxycontins talking,” Longo said. “(Silva’s) on a lot of pain meds, and he’s delirious… that would be my first gut feeling. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Ed Soares, Anderson Silva’s co-manager, has decided not to respond to the comments made by Longo.
Silva is currently recovering at his home in Redonda Beach, California. Silva had a couple of visitors this past weekend as UFC big wigs Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White stopped in to check up on the former champ. Dana tweeted later that day that Silva was expected to be off of his crutches within 30 days. Anderson also made some bold claims as to returning to the Octagon.
The current UFC Middleweight Champ is living it up on the islands of Turks and Caicos, according to Longo. Chris plans on taking some time soaking in the rays with his family before heading back into the gym to focus on his next challenge, “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort. The matchup will most likely take place in Vegas this May.
Weidman supposedly had a knee injury heading into his bout with Anderson at UFC 168. Longo made no known updates on his condition. Weidman made comments after his bout with Anderson that he very well may need arthroscopic surgery on his knee to remove damaged tissue in the joints.
Longo stated that, although the two haven’t spoken since UFC 168, he knowns what Chris thinks about a third fight with Silva.
“Me personally, (Silva is) going to have to earn his way back up, and maybe by the time he’s 45, we’ll be waiting for him,” he said.
“I think the guy deserves a legacy. I really hope he takes a higher ground and just admits that the kid beat him, fair and square, twice, and go on and live with all your accolades. I think it’s going to diminish his legacy if he keeps making excuses, because I don’t think that’s what a champion should do.”
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(quotes via MMAJunkie.com)Tags: Chris Weidman Anderson Silva, Ray Longo, UFC 168, Vitor Belfort