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.