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Chris Weidman’s Knockout of Anderson Silva Wasn’t an Upset to Coach Ray Longo

Posted on by Jeff Cain

Chris Weidman UFC Champion-478x270It’s been well documented that many professional fighters were picking Chris Weidman to upset Anderson Silva at UFC 162 on July 6.  When Weidman did just that, it sent shockwaves throughout the mixed martial arts industry, but not all were that stunned with the outcome.

Weidman’s coach, Ray Longo, didn’t see Weidman’s knockout of Silva as an upset at all.

“With Weidman, anybody that’s been in the gym with him, or who has sparred with him or rolled with him, I don’t think one guy thought that was an upset,” Longo told MMAWeekly.com content partner Shameless Radio.

“This kid is for real.  I think that’s why the pros were picking him.  I think that grapevine was all over the place.  The pros have a nice grapevine.  I think GSP trained with him a little bit.  He was at least in the room with him.  Once one guy says one thing, it’s that whole telephone line; it starts going down the line.  Anybody that’s trained or been in the room with him, this kid is a beast,” added Longo.

Weidman’s confidence leading up to the fight was that of a veteran and less like a fighter with nine professional fights taking on the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts history.

“Weidman was a four-time All-American.  I think he went out for the Olympics.  You don’t get to that level without being mentally strong,” Longo pointed out.

Experience wasn’t the only thing Weidman had to overcome to defeat Silva.  Weidman had been out of action for a year prior to the Silva fight.  He underwent shoulder surgery and lost his home in Hurricane Sandy and was in financial ruin.

Weidman stayed poised in the face of adversity.  He was unfazed by the taunts, the antics and Silva’s mystique.

“I think it speaks volumes for who this kid is,” said Longo.

Weidman and Silva will rematch at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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  • tyrone

    Silva said, weidman champ now, respect new champion, he best in the world now, i couldn’t hit him, i wasn’t clowning, i train to fight this way

    • silva says

      If silva trains to fight this way, what people now refer to as clowning but beforehand it was defensive genius in pre weidman bouts,then it is not a fluke what weidman did to him. Weidman did exactly what he was supposed to do when others could never keep their composure to get weidmans results. Props are due to the all american, hes the best!

      • Kris-tyahn

        Nicely said, but Silva nut huggers disagree. BC their in denial that Silvas actually human, and when he’s not fighting CANS/fighters with no striking, power or wrestling he’s not that great. As Sonnen & Weidman proved!

        • toom

          Dude your insane I’m not a silva nut hugger but didn’t he just best vitor and didn’t he best Dan henderson or have you not been watching mma long enough to know that

          • t

            A little defensive there, dont you think? He didn’t mention any names, but i do remember you hyped up on silva giving all your reasons why the all american would lose.

          • toom

            uhh gimmie a post because I never said anything I always said.weidman had a chance

          • Kris-tyahn

            Toom: apparently u should take a look at when Silva beat Belfort, just 2.5 yrs ago. JUST?!? Yeah I believe 2.5 yrs in MMA is some people’s career, but yeah he JUST best Belfort who was out for a year and a half. WOW Silva beat a ring rusted Belfort who looked like he was out for 3 yrs. lets see how Silva does vs Belfort of today! As for Henderson, you only needed to go back 5.5 yrs ago, dude you’ve been watching lately?!? Why not name any Henderson type opponents in recent fights?!? Ugh bc they’re cans. Nice try dummy, keep living in the past. You had to go back JUST 2.5 & 5.5 yrs to name world class opponents, and one of them was out for 1.5 yrs! You sure proved me wrong….. Bahahaha!

          • toom

            Yeah your right Dan henderson sucks so did Franklin when he lost even.though he ran the division for a long time your absolutely insane if you think Silva only fought cans I guess the only person in the.middle weight division who isn’t a can.is weidman

      • Jumpusa

        U can believe anything u want but everybody I spoke with agreed that the fight was fixed Silva did not do a good job acting make it more believable next time.

        • Darin

          Please elaborate on all these people you spoke with. What are their names and what credibility do they have regarding this fight?
          I thought Silva’s “acting” was spot on. He took a stiff shot straight to the chin then rolled his eyes back and fell on his head perfectly. Apparently Silva’s ability to throw a fight is just as impressive as his ability to win one.

        • t

          That would have to be the best performance ever, deserving of an oscar. To be hit and eyes roll back on way to mat,where head crashes VIOLENTLY followed by gnp, until stoppage,all without flinching once? Please!?!?!? Silva should receive an oscar and you a cookie. Eat up? Stale?????

      • silva says

        I really dont understand a immediate rematch. Anderson was completely destroyed every second of the fight and everywhere in the fight. Destroyed mentally , he cracked under the pressure of weidmans fierceness as well as willingness to engage. Destroyed physically , whether standing or on the ground, silva was completely dominated.
        Silva admitted, “I couldn’t hit Chris “. I guess this means chris is very elusive as well as a pressure fighter. His elusiveness should be filed in the mental aspect of “cracked under pressure “.
        Silva also said, he trains to fight the exact way he fought chris and wont change his style. This style has worked well for him up until weidman. Yea!!!! Weidman the all american is the MIDDLE WEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!!!!!

    • Kris-tyahn

      Yeah but Silva took a dive, the eyes rolling in the back of his head and him not knowing what happened when he came to, was an impressive acting job. Bahahahaha idiots!!!

      • Jumpusa

        U right the fight was fixed just like Arloski vs Silva 3

        • Drew

          I am assuming you mean Sylvia.. as Arlovski only fought Silva once in Strikeforce.

    • amenvaf

      Agree, his eyes are his guard and he failed. He is never gonna have Alis chin though so its a bit confusing. Would be interesting to see if he hangs his hands down with Roy Jones Jr in a boxing match. I think he would be KO again. Maybe its time for a generation change ? I can foresee more upsets to come this year. And I think Silva is taking his belt back.

  • Kris-tyahn

    I think it was an upset to everyone, but I think Longo means he wasnt surprised Weidman did what he did! Apparently all the non Silva nut huggers who claimed Weidmans hype was justified, were right, while the Silva but huggers were WRONG!!! Bahahahaha – thought Silva was going to derail the hype train and add another victim to his list of Cans… I mean opponents!

    I guess we were right Weidman was a bigger, stronger and better Sonnen with KO power in both hands! I’m impressed with Weidmans record if every time he’s had a full training camp, he’s finished his opponent!

    If you don’t think for one minute that Weidman isn’t going to be 10 times better than he was in the 1st Silva fight, you are just kidding yourselves… again! No rehab, no money worries, no ring rust and no questions about his shoulder and 100% focused on training for a rematch. Silvas in trouble, Weidman and the KO will be in Silvas head!

    • silva says

      Silvas going to be gun shy. I would rather weidman to go in and just gnp til finished. Why give silva any chance at all. Do what silvas weakest at.but next bout silva has to watch for not only takedowns but hands as well

    • El Gvapo

      What’s a “non silva nut hugger”?

      • r

        people who dont swing on silvas ball bag.

        • El Gvapo

          So you’re either a nut hugger or not? No middle ground, one extreme or the other? If you prefer Weidman, does that make you a Weidman nut hugger? Just trying to understand the protocol on here.

          • Kris-tyahn

            Ugh so if ur a Silva fan, that makes u a nut hugger?!? I’m not talking about Silvas fans or all his fans, just those who think Silva threw the fight or those who claim Silva has fought in the toughest division in MMA/UFC!!! Those are nut huggers, Silva fans can root for Silva but they also give Weidman credit bc he deserves it. I can’t believe I had to explain what the diff between a fan and a nut hugger is! WOW!

          • El Gvapo

            It’s just that you never mention Silva fans, just nut huggers as you put it. Are you a Weidman nut hugger by definition then? You seem quite keen on the dude if you know what I mean? We know you’re GSP nut hugger, you’ve made that abundantly clear in the past. Do you feel a bit guilty now that you’ve got a new man in your life? Or is it not cheating if your fancy men are in different divisions? Erm bahahaha (is that how you’re meant to finish these posts?)

          • james velasquez

            And tnx for posting this, someone had to say it. I wonder whats he gonna say if Silva wins the rematch…

          • james velasquez

            First decent comment here. F*** him, you can see the guy’s a joke.

          • drkdisciple

            it appears like no one can appreciate a fighter without being a nut hugger lol

      • t

        Certainly not you

  • Chase Brian Beebe

    Weidman is better than Silva. Silva was taunting him because he didn’t want to get taken down

    • toom

      Yeah I dont think Silva is afraid of weidman he’s afraid of the takedown

    • drkdisciple

      last i recall weidman did nothing when he was on top of silva early 1st round…he was fresh and did nothing so why would silva be afraid of the take down? Weidman was unable to take him down all the other times he tried. Bottom line Silva was d*cking around and deserved what he got so lets stop pretending that Weidman solved the silva riddle because he did not ….that not to say that weidman is not a top notch fighter because he is.

      • t

        Weidman was pounding silva on the ground. You couldn’t have watched the fight.

        • drkdisciple

          he made sooooooooo much damage when he was on top, silva looked like he had been in a war….you must be kidding me!

          • Chase Brian Beebe

            Youre another in denial anderson silva fan. Anderson Silva has never been invincible I dont know why you guys try to act like he is

          • drkdisciple

            Not really..on previous posts that put here i did write that Weidman was probably the toughest fighter that Anderson would fight and that he would him more problems then guys like Leites or Maia. Just that after watching the fight it was more a situation of Anderson losing then Weidman beating him (if that makes any sense). When you act like an assclown you deserve to get knocked out and that’s what happened to Anderson.

          • Chase Brian Beebe

            but you wont admit that weidmans #1 and Silva’s #2 its too hard for you to swallow.

          • drkdisciple

            of course weidman is number one he has the belt..he is the champion…impossible to say anything else

      • Baller31

        Weidman tried exactly two times, and the second time was just a half assed effort. So he took him down one out of two times, which is pretty damn good.

        • drkdisciple

          And why do you think that is? Could it because Anderson was too good on his feet and weidman never came close to being in a position to take him down again? Or you will probably tell me that Weidman is as good on his feet as Anderson and wanted to keep the fight standing so that he could knock him out? . Yep that is probably what you think…was all part of his game plan….

          • Baller31

            Um, too good on his feet? More like Weidman wasn’t trying to take him down because he wasn’t worried about Silva’s standup. He outstruck Silva both rounds, look it up, and that includes significant strikes. Silva did 0 damage to Weidman. I respect Silva, but you’re crazy if you think Weidman can’t take him down at will.

          • drkdisciple

            that is laughable to say the least.

          • Baller31

            No, it’s accurate. Your refusal to be objective is laughable.

  • El Gvapo

    Now Silva has lost, all the talk of the superfight with GSP has ended. But I wonder if it will ever start again, but the superfight is GSP vs Weidman?

    • Benja

      GSP vs Weidman is not a superfight, the super fight its only with Silva. Weidman have not made the half that silva has made. And i cant tell u 1 thing, Silva in the rematch will kick his ass, and Silva can knock out GSP in the 1 round. But when you talk about a super fight of Jones vs Silva, thats a great fight and anything could happen there

      • El Gvapo

        I agree it’s not a superfight now, but if Weidman defends 5 times, will be then be mentioned as a superfight vs GSP? Or even against Jones? Personally, I think they both could be great fights

        • DamianCross

          I doubt it would ever happen. Not only are Weidman and GSP cool with each other, but by the time Weidman builds up his legacy to where there’s any superfight talk GSP will be on his way out of the sport.

          • El Gvapo

            I doubt it too, but it’s possible. If Weidman fights 5 times in the next two years and wins them all, it could be a fitting finale for GSP’s career.

      • t

        So sad, someone call a proctologists, we got a butthurt one here. Hes in denial also.

      • Frankie Venditti

        weidman tkos silva in the rematch round 1.

      • Kris-tyahn

        LOL T: that was hilarious! Benja: U must have cried when Silva was KTFO, and now ur so butt hurt!!! Snif snif – yeah Silvas going to KO Weidman, just like he was suppose to in the 1st round of their 1st fight. U are a perfect example of a nut hugger if u think Silva would stand a chance vs. Jones ….. Bahahaha!!! He got embaressed by Weidman 6 of 7 rounds, while Jones owned Sonnen & finished him in less than 5 mins, and Silva got KTFO standing by a wrestler. But anything can happen between Silva vs. Jones?!? Sure, same with GSP vs. Cain, anything can happen, but reality tell us Jones would embaress Silva 9 of 10 times and that’s being generous….. To Silva!

    • PdxTony

      Your not really considered a Champion (big C) until you defend your title once.

  • fedor is was and always best

    Spider Silva is like a foot taller and 50 pounds heavier than Roy Jones Jr. Who wants to see that?

  • Joe

    Weidmans a killer and silva found that out the hard way

  • dgs

    I do not believe for a minute Silva trained to fight Weidman by mugging and sticking his chin out during his training camp for the fight. There is no way any respectable coach would allow the champion of the world to train that way, and use it as a “strategy” in a championship fight. I don’t care what Silva says publicly, unless there is video of Silva training for the fight with his chin out and hands down, I will never believe it.

    Silva will win the rematch because he will fight the way he trains and will not deviate this time around. No mugging, no hands down chin out, no waving Weidman on to fight, just a deadly serious Silva out for blood. The rematch should be just like the Dos Santos vs Velasquez rematch, where Cain got KO’d quickly the first time around, and then completely dominated junior for five rounds like the first fight never happened.

    • PdxTony

      the thing is this,…
      Silva is slowing down and he relies on his speed to beat the punch of his opponents and throw a counter. (His style reminds me a lot of Liddell. keep it standing and wait for a slip. good ground defense to get back up but nothing world class) Its how Silva beats people, time them and crack them when they overextend. Combine the skill Silva has with and amazing speed and an unusually long reach it makes him a really dangerous counter puncher. At this level things are pushed to the edge and fractions of an inch matter. fractions of a second matter, just as much as strength.
      Silva is slowing down and that small fraction of a second has a greater affect on his style than others. Weidman is strong, young and fast but he is also very disciplined. he impressed me with his discipline and following the game plan (Couture) he never fell for the fake “rocked” dance of Silva. He never charged in for a wild knock out when Silva was bobbing around. he stuck to his plan and threw disciplined combinations, looked for take downs etc.
      I am not so sure Silva will be odds on favorite at the rematch. Also at his age getting knocked out like that can have a big effect on your chin.
      The Cain-dos santos was an anomaly. everyone who saw it knew that. Cain was seriously injured going into the fight.

      • PaulSChr

        Long story short, Silva was fooling around and yes got hit a few times and taken down and hit on the ground. This is nothing new to his career.

        But when he got hit with the jab, the follow up punch to the other punch that missed, he fell. Once he fell his hands and legs were still up and not limp. Weidman jumped hit him 1 time and silva still didnt go limp. WEIDMAN MISSED THE NEXT 3 SHOTS and the ref stopped the fight.

        All in all, fight felt fake and fixed in comparison to how far other fights have gone, or how damaged other fighters have gotten

        • PdxTony

          I disagree. I too watched the fight in HD and you can clearly see the classic “rolling eyes” on silva.
          It reminds me a lot of when Liddell career turned the corner. he got caught, could still take care of most competition but was just not good enough for that next champ. A hair too slow, a bit less chin, and some too fast and too strong (i also think silva is surprisingly strong for his apparent size)
          most importantly weidman did not play into silva’s plans of leaving an opening to catch his opponents. he thought he had weidman’s speed and timing down and was wrong.
          could he win the rematch definitely but he clearly needs to think about retirement while on top if he does (once the fight contract is done)

    • t

      They had a video of weidman ko ‘ing silva, and you dont believe that. Silvas other fights show a pattern of silva playing around. It works mentally on most people but chris weidman stayed the course. Hes such an inspiration

  • PdxTony

    silva is a counter puncher at his core. he is very very good at that and his long reach and speed are hard to train for. He clowns people and tries to provoke them into overreaching. The thing that impressed me with weidman is he didnt get lured into to Silva’s fight. he stuck to his game plan and caught Silva. the kid is going to be improving rapidly and Silva cannt really improve. Weidman-Silva II will be interesting. I hope that Silva isnt just doing it for a paycheck.

  • Mike McK

    What was Chris’s striking coach suppose to say?

    After all the time I’ve spent coaching Chris up I thought he’d get knocked out if he tried to have any exchange with silva….

    Now that’s probably what he really thought, but he can’t say that. That would be him saying he sucks at his job. It really has little to do with Chris.

  • james j

    I truly believe Chris will beat Anderson, on fight number two. And the longer this fight goes, the worse the goat is. And I see the same outcome. Youth is taking over an aging veteran. The goat will soon go away. Probably not finish out his contract.

  • El Gvapo

    Silva won’t finish his contract, you’re right. I don’t think they ever intended for him to have ten more fights though, I think it was more a ploy to make sure he only ever fights in the UFC for the rest of his career. The last thing the UFC would want is one of their poster boys retiring after say 4 more fights, only to pop up in Bellator or whoever for a couple of huge pay days

  • factone

    this is like matt serra beating st. pierre… gudluck weidman.. one hit wonder

  • Dub Dizzle

    Anderson’s gonna beat dat ass in the sequel ya’ll. good job though Weidman. Good job.