Now, with his second title defense looming against Lyoto Machida at this weekend’s UFC 175, Weidman is once again looking to prove the doubters and naysayers wrong. After the two controversial outcomes of the Silva fights, Weidman now faces one of the most accomplished and elusive fighters in the history of the sport.
Ray Longo, the head trainer of the Chris Weidman camp has largely been credited with developing the Hofstra alum into a blue-chip prospect, turned champion. In this exclusive interview with National MMA Examiner Ryan McKinnell, Longo discusses Weidman’s upcoming fight, his masterful opponent in Machida, his plans to “never retire,” & some of the things that make “The All-American” so special.
After two victories against “The Spider,” Weidman took away plenty of life lessons and valuable experience. As the New Yorker, Longo, is quick to point out, Weidman became a risk-taker in those Silva fights, “ I think what you take away from the Silva fight(s) is that Chris Weidman is a risk taker – a calculated risk taker,” said the grizzled veteran. “And he’s gonna go for stuff and he’s unpredictable. Look, he stuck his head out and Anderson; here’s a guy who’s a great boxer, wanted to box Roy Jones – couldn’t really hit him.”
Other topics covered in this interview: Longo’s thoughts on Machida’s willingness to go to decisions; Weidman’s driving force in combat sports; Weidman’s validation & subsequent respect and plenty more.
UFC 175 airs this Saturday, live on PPV from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and features a main event between Chris Weidman versus Lyoto Machida. In the co-main event women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey meets Alexis Davis in a showcase title showdown.