Rising middleweight Chris Weidman will have to compete in the biggest fight of his life at UFC 162 without having his longtime coach and mentor Matt Serra in his corner. Fellow coach Ray Longo has informed MMA Fighting.com that Serra won’t be able to head out to Las Vegas, for Weidman’s July 6th bout with champion Anderson Silva, due to ongoing health issues and the recent birth of his third child.
The former welterweight champion underwent surgery recently when it was discovered he had blood clots as a result of thoracic outlet syndrome. The incident prompted the 38 year-old Serra to announce in May that he is very likely done fighting.
“I’ll miss Matt, he kind of rounds me out as a coach,” Longo was quoted saying. “It was a hard decision for him to have to make, but sometimes family has to come first.”
According to the report, Weidman has tapped his father Charlie as a replacement for Serra, who will join Longo and UFC vet Gian Villante in the fighter’s corner. Weidman will be competing for the first time since last July, when he knocked out Mark Munoz at UFC on FUEL TV 4 to extend his record to 9-0.
Silva (33-4), on the other hand, hasn’t fought since October when he stopped light-heavyweight vet Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153.
So, it’s unfortunate for Weidman that he will not have a renowned grappler and ex-champ like Serra in his corner, but it’s unlikely people who were picking Weidman to win are jumping ship on their prediction.
UFC 162 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be available via pay-per-view.
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