Dana White has said in recent weeks that Anderson Silva could lock up a third fight with middleweight champ Chris Weidman, but clearly the latter’s striking coach doesn’t want to see that match-up happen.
Unless you’re a MMA newbie, then you know that Silva has lost to Weidman on two occasions now. The first time, Silva was clowning around in the second round, and got blasted by a Weidman hook. In their second fight, which went down in December, 2013, Silva lost the opening round, and then broke his leg while kicking Weidman.
Really, there seems to be two camps on Weidman-Silva III. One side seems to believe that Silva has yet to really show what he can do against Weidman, since both fights have been cut short due to unique circumstances.
The other side, however, believes that Weidman has demonstrated he has the tools to defeat the legend, and therefore, a third fight is pointless. Well, not surprisingly, Weidman’s coach Ray Longo is clearly a member of this second camp.
Recently Longo was asked for his opinion on Weidman-Silva III by MMA Fighting.com, and here is some of what the renowned trainer had to say:
“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.”
It’s an interesting debate. No question. In both fights, Weidman landed some heavy shots on Silva, both standing and on the ground. As Longo noted, Silva is approaching 40, while Weidman is just 30 and appears to be at the peak of his powers. Now all that said, it doesn’t change the fact that both fights left many fans and pundits wondering if Silva could have done more, if not for the unfortunate / unique circumstances that concluded the fights.
Now all this aside, Silva will have to get past Nick Diaz tomorrow night at UFC 183, if there’s to be any chance of another fight with Weidman. The middleweight champ, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort on February 28th.