Longo: Belfort living in a different universe

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ray Longo is the striking coach responsible for probably two of the most shocking knockout upsets in MMA history: Matt Serra of Georges St-Pierre and Chris Weidman of Anderson Silva. Longo recently spoke to MMAJunkie about the potential of Chris Weidman and his thoughts on potential future match ups for the champion:

“As long as he keeps his inner circle tight, and he’s got great people with great values, I think this kid is not going anywhere,” said Longo.

Weidman now appears set for a fight with Vitor Belfort, who was scheduled for a title shot at UFC 173 before the Nevada State Athletic Commission threw him into limbo by banning testosterone-replacement therapy.

Belfort repeatedly called to face the winner of Weidman vs. Machida and said he has weaned himself off TRT. But Longo thinks there are other contenders in the fray.

Asked about what’s next for the champ, the coach mentioned two names – former Strikeforce champs Ronaldo Souza and Luke Rockhold – and then paused when asked about Belfort.

“I think the three top guys would probably be Souza, Rockhold and … if that guy can ever get his act together, which I think I think this guy’s living in a different universe at this point,” said Longo.

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