Shortly after Chris Weidman won the belt in his last fight against former longtime middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, talks of a rematch ran rampant.
Rumors were substantiated shortly after, granting Silva the immediate rematch at UFC 168 in December, the last event of the year.
Silva opened up once again the betting favorite, even after losing the first bout to Weidman but as Weidman’s longtime coach, Ray Longo, says, it won’t matter much:
“I think Weidman is going to go in more confident than he was in the first fight. He knows what to expect with all the mugging and all the antics. I think it is really going to be a bad night for Anderson Silva again,” he said.
Longo spoke to Shameless Radio and stated that Weidman is motivated for the rematch and that once the aura surrounding Silva was broken, he doesn’t view him as much of a threat:
“This guy had a highlight reel that would scare the crap out of anybody. Now, knowing that he can knock this guy out – you’ve seen it in boxing a hundred times, guys don’t come back from that type of knockout. On top of that, the guy is 40 or 39 or whatever he is. I don’t see it,”
Longo seemed to be speaking from his own personal views, not attacking Silva, which seemed to be the game plan mentally for the first fight as Weidman didn’t let himself wane from his strong mental aptitude, allowing himself to conquer Silva.
As for those calling the first fight with Silva a one-time occurrence, Longo begs to differ:
“If you know Chris, it is just going to motivate him. It really is,”
The most anticipated rematch in UFC history takes place on December 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rematch will obviously hold the main event slot, following another rematch of the women’s bantamweight variety as Ronda Rousey defends her belt against Miesha Tate.
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