Coach Hopes Weidman Moves To 205
Following his loss to Jacare Souza at UFC 230, Chris Weidman may be making the move to light heavyweight, especially if one of his coaches get his way.
“It was a tough one to swallow,” Weidman’s striking coach Ray Longo said on the Anik and Florian podcast. “I felt really confident after talking to him in between the second and the third round that we were on our way to a victory. those things that blindside you like that are tough. But first and foremost, hats off to Jacare. Class act. He dug down deep. He wasn’t gonna get that decision and he found a way to win. . . Man, you zig when you should’ve zagged and that’s what happens. MMA is an unforgiving sport. . .
“I tell you, this is pretty big setback, because with a win over Jacare he was looking good. He already had beat Gastelum and I think that’s always gonna be a great matchup for Chris. Whittaker would have been the tougher fight but I actually think Gastelum is gonna beat Whittaker so I think he was looking good.”
“I’ve always been critical of Dan but I do think he wanted to give him every last effort to win,” Longo said of Dan Miragliotta not stopping the fight as soon as Souza decked Weidman in the third round of the UFC 230 co-main event. “The magnitude of that fight was pretty big. In my mind I think he wanted to give him every last possible chance and I like that for my fighters. . . He didn’t get hurt after that too much because Jacare’s a gentleman, so at the end of the day, it all worked out.
“Now [Weidman]’s got a couple of things to decide,” Longo said. “A couple of people mention maybe moving up to 205. I really did think the weight cut went really well but who knows?
“. . . The more you get the weight-cut down and your brain’s not dehydrated. The brain is the last place to get the fluid when you rehydrate, so again, maybe 205’s a better fit because I don’t see this ever happening in the gym. Ever. . . So maybe 205 might be a place where he comes in stronger, more coherent, all those things.”
Transcribed by MMA Fighting