Ray Longo: I think it’s going to be a really bad night for Anderson Silva again


While many fans think that Anderson Silva’s knockout loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 was just a fluke attributed to excessive showboating, there are those that believe that ‘The Spider’s’ reign at the top has legitimately ended.

We’ll find out what side of the story is indeed true when the two rematch at the year-ending UFC 168. Early odds have Silva as the favorite at around 2-to-1 and even he has proclaimed that he’s back. Most believe that Silva will return re-motivated and reclaim the belt that is rightfully his.

However, one man thinks that just the opposite is true, and even though he may be biased, he may also have a good point. Weidman’s trainer Ray Longo told MMA Weekly’s Shameless Radio that Silva’s recent loss, coupled with his age, will again spell doom for the former champion:

“This guy (Silva) had a highlight reel that would scare the crap out of anybody. Now, knowing that he (Weidman) can knock this guy out — you’ve seen it in boxing a hundred times, guys don’t come back from that type of knockout. On top of that, the guy is 40 or 39 or whatever he is. I don’t see it. I think Weidman is going to go in more confident than he was in the first fight. He knows what to expect with all the mugging and all the antics. I think it is really going to be a bad night for Anderson Silva again.”

It is true that we see fighters take one bad KO loss and never be the same again. Chuck Liddell’s loss to Rampage Jackson in 2007 probably serves as the best example of this happening in the UFC.

In this case though, Anderson Silva has been a sort of anomaly within the octagon at 38-years old because we’ve never really seen him take too much damage. The punch from Weidman was the first time we’ve ever seen him hit that hard cleanly. So it’s tough to say how he returns from such a devastating KO.

But it may have been much more psychologically damaging than physically for Silva, as he got punished for the clowning that garnered him so many impressive wins in the past. There’s no doubt that Silva is a career crossroads right now. Can he return with a vengeance and regain his coveted title belt?

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  • Gotta love Ray "punch a hole in his chest" Longo.
    I think Weidman has his number now. Go ahead and pizz him off again Silva lol.

    • By the way, Weidman's striking is damm good, and Silva wont remember much from the last fight.

      • You would think my striking was DAMN GOOD also if Silva let me swing on him 30 times without blocking or swinging back….but like i said before, non-Silva fans enjoy yourselves because ya been waiting for this a long time now.

        • What makes you think Im a Weidman fan? The profile pic I just added after seeing your reply Hate? lol

          • i just replied so you could see another angle of the knockout right below

      • That's what tapes are for Entity.

    • anderson will not have a bad night but the worst night of his career. He will be beat up again i mean his getting old and slow, he will have 0% chance of winning this fight against weidmann, he's chance of winning if both hands of weidman are in hand cuffs.

      • Can you explain your profile name Dan&Patrick dude?

  • "I think Weidman is going to go in more confident than he was in the first fight." if that is true, Silva clicked and now will fight his fight

  • Spoken like a true loud mouth from a loud mouth camp. Don't forget Weidman missed his last 3 TD attempts against Silva. This is not going to be an easy win IF Weidman is able to win. Expect to see a 1st rd TKO by Silva.

    • I don't expect to see any such thing from Silva.

    • Silva learned all he needs to know to beat Weidman: Silva has a lot of range on him, is way faster, Weidman is willing to get hit in the face to get within striking distance, has the power to knock him out, and when Silva tries, he can stop the takedown easily. If he uses his range to attack from the outside while prepping his counterpunch, he shouldn't have any trouble rocking Weidman as he comes in all night. If Silva truly wants to show he's back, I expect he'll try to knee a rocked Weidman into oblivion from the muay thai clinch.

    • you do know that the main reason Silva had his hands down during the fight is to help with takedown defense right. that's why he does that stuff nearly exclusively against high level grapplers like Mia and Weidman. he feels like guys like Mia and Weidman can't hang with him in striking and because of this can focus on keeping it standing more than proper technique when standing. that's why when you wrestle you keep your hands at about waist high to aide in stuffing shots, a hard sprawl isn't always going to do it as a really good wrestler like Weidman, GSP, Cain will transition which is what Weidman did in the first round when he took Silva down. after that takedown Silva started keeping his hands low to avoid the rest of them.

  • I see more of a ground game with Weidman this time around. He seemed a little overwhelmed at first in the first fight, and a little gassed. That's over and his confidence will be even higher. He will be tough to beat.

  • One thing that people are overlooking is that with the sponsorships and exposure Weidman is going to get..he is going to now be working with the best in the world. However Silva is one of the best in the world. We will see the best Weidman ever in the next fight, but we will also see the most dangerous fighter on the planet across the octagon from him. I can't wait.

  • Longo does have one legit point here. Getting KOd at his age could be career ending for Silva. Hopefully not. I'd like to see Silva reclaim the title and take a couple more fights before retiring.

  • Silva has never been under so much pressure in his life. Many guys get knocked out and return great. Depends on the individual. I didn't see that knockout as being that devastating in comparism to guys like Stefan Struve who had his jaw smashed. Longo is a stud right now and is playing the psycological game to put further doubt into Silva's mind

    • Lots of guys have come back from KOs but there are specifics to look at. Silva is almost 40. He hasn't taken a lot of damage but he does occasionally let guys tee off on him. He has had a reputation for an iron jaw for a long time. The membrane that surrounds the brain and acts as a shock absorber can weaken after a lot of head shots. This happens differently for different fighters but it becomes more likely with age and once it weakens it only takes a little bit to ko a guy who suffers from it. I am not saying that this is the case with Silva and I certainly hope it isn't but it is a real concern. It's too bad there isn't a way to test for it. It would save a lot of guys from taking too much damage.

      • All we be answered in 5 months time…can't wait.
        However, considering the number of shots jnr dos santos took against Cain velasquez, or roy nelson takes in most fights, I don't think that one left hook is enough to effect him. Furthermore, whether someone gets knocked out at 22 or 38 should not really make a major difference. Both would have similar effect I would imagine.

        • Yes its nonsense…. throughout Silva's entire career he took hardly ANY damage whatsoever… he's barely been touched! Sure he's 38 but he's not your average 38 year old.. he's a top level athlete in superior shape physically equal to a 25-30 y/o. Training slows the aging process of the body down. If you train smart, you can physically be 30 at 50+ Anderson is one of these specimens!

        • weidman was also dribbling spiders head on the ground 🙁 ow

  • Bad night my ***… Dec. 28th Silva is picking his belt up. Like i said before, Weidman's people better hustle and get him the best sponsor/endorsement deals within the next couple of month before he's forced to return that belt to the rightful owner…. and that's all i have to say about this!

  • I'm expecting Weidman to keep this fight on the ground, TKO by the 2nd for Weidman. He played AS game the first fight, and now he has all the reason to play the game his way.

    I love watching AS fight regardless and will definitely be tuning in at a local pub

  • Weidman has more chance beating Silva on the ground and Silva has more chance beating Weidman on the feet.

    If the fight stays on the feet there is no way Weidman is knocking Silva out a second time. Silva won't be that careless next time.

  • FE4

    Silva didn't even show Weidman anything during the first fight. Weidman is a good fighter, but its the same as when Serra beat GSP, Silva beat Overeem, Verdum beat Fedor and for the boxing fans of the world Buster Douglas vs Mike Tyson. I would expect a one sided beat down. I'll be here in December to say I told you so. I'm not even a huge Silva fan, but I'm not a fan of bandwagons or hype trains and thats all this is.

    • "Silva didn't even show Weidman anything during the first fight."

      You are correct sir. Didnt in the 2nd round either.

      • Nope…. cause he simply did not fight…!

        • The Spider did throw some of his signature moves, including the *Steven Seagal Kick* if I remember correctly. Weidman wasn't having it. It looked to me like Anderson felt Weidman had his ticket, so he tried to break him mentally, but failed to break Weidman and went to sleep as a result.

        • @Thexperience1: Agreed. Silva did not even try to fight, so it's absurd to even call that a fight.

          Anyone, including my sister, could have knocked Silva out that night. Weidman did nothing impressive whatsoever, so I'm not sure what this guy is talking about. Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame, Buster Douglas.

          • i just checked on Sherdog. Sherdog's saying it's a fight still.

          • Sherdog can kiss my *ss.. a record tells the result, not the story.

  • If, and only IF Silva looses, what is going to be the excuse? Cause if Wiedman losses, it would be easy to say that Chris lost the best in the world and no one, (well maybe save SIlva fans) will hold it against him.