Ray Longo and Lou Neglia talk with Ring Fever about developing kids from the neighborhood into world champions.
Both Matt Serra and Chris Weidman were trained by Longo and fought for Neglia's Ring of Combat, which has seen over 100 UFC fighters on their way up.
"As a coach… everyone wants at least one champion," said Ray Longo. "To have two, and to have them both start as young kids, or young adults that are from the neighborhood…"
Neglia picked up the thought, adding "and both score the biggest upsets in history of MMA, which is incredible."
The talk naturally turned to Chris Weidman's upset KO of Anderson Silva at UFC 162, and the rematch at UFC 168 at the traditional New Years event, which will be on Dec 28.
There has been a tinfoil hat talk that the fight was a work, and hurt fans called it a fluke or accident. However, Longo says the fluke talk could make Weidman mad, and you don't want to make him mad.
"Any time you have a guy that’s considered unbeatable, the aftermath, especially right after there, people were confused. I mean, the Brazilians, they didn’t know what to do.
"He did it with Forrest, he did it with Bonnar. Weidman does it, and it’s not acceptable. If he would have missed with that left hook, Silva comes back with a right hand and drops him, he’s a hero. I think anybody who’s in the know doesn’t pay any attention to that.
"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. 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 reccomend 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..."
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