UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is coming off of two consecutive wins over Anderson Silva. This should be a moment where he can sit back and appreciate his accomplishments after taking down one of the all-time greats, but plenty of people are not giving Weidman the credit he deserves.
In the first fight, everyone was saying that Silva beat himself with the constant taunting. After the second fight, Weidman’s win was considered a “fluke” by some because of the gruesome leg injury suffered by the former champ.
Even Silva himself said that he did not view the fight as a win for Weidman, but now Weidman’s coach Ray Longo has his own thoughts on Silva.
As far as Longo is concerned, Weidman is hurting his own legacy by making excuses for the loss.
“I just think he got dominated in both fights, and definitely doesn’t deserve anywhere near a third fight, in my opinion,” Longo told MMAjunkie.
“My initial feeling was, wow, this guy. I always had a lot of respect for Anderson. But the first fight, he had his feet the wrong way, he was leaning too much, (and) he knows what he did wrong. This time, Weidman didn’t do anything, and he got hurt.
“I think these guys just aren’t in touch with reality, and they have to learn how to lose properly and grow from your losses, and move on – instead of making excuses. Earn your way back up, correct your mistakes. That’s what really being a champion is. One win or loss doesn’t make a champion, but certainly making excuses isn’t being a champion, either.”
Longo also joked that the pain meds may be getting to Silva.
“I would think it’s a lot of OxyContins talking,” Longo said. “[Silva is] on a lot of pain meds, and he’s delirious – that would be my first gut feeling. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt.”
It will be interesting to see who Silva fights in his return from the broken leg, but he will have a long way to go before he is able to ask for a third fight with Weidman.
As for the current champion, let’s all hope that he eventually gets the credit that he deserves for doing what many believed was once impossible.