Anderson Silva has “a big task ahead of him” in his rematch with Chris Weidman, according to Weidman’s coach Ray Longo.
Describing the former champion as “a 40-year old man” (he’s actually 38), Longo says that all the talk of the UFC 162 knockout being a fix or a fluke will only motivate Weidman more.
“Nobody’s taking that victory away. We all know what happened, and anybody who’s worked out with him, sparring or wrestling, they know he’s going to do it again,” he tells Ring Fever.
“If they motivate him by saying this was a fluke, he might kill a guy, yeah, he’ll hurt him... he's that type of guy, yeah.
“You're taking a 40 year old man who got his head bounced off the canvas. Like what doctor is he going to that is going to recommend that he get back in there? 'Couple of months, that's good.' Just had a major concussion. 'Yah put him in that's good...' Guy's 40 years old, he's got a big task ahead of him.”
The rematch will take place December 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be the UFC’s very last fight of 2013. The first ended in the second round with a shock KO left hook from Weidman, ending Silva’s record-breaking run as champion.
Chris Weidman is the cover star of the latest UK issue of Fighters Only, out now at all good magazine stockists, with insights from Ray Longo and John Danaher among others.