UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman's striking coach Ray Longo believes that his protege will make easy work of former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida on July 5. The two will meet in a middleweight title bout at UFC 175 and Longo believes that the wrestler Weidman will be able to take down as well as hurt Machida on the feet with strikes, at will.
"I think [Machida has] got a real weak chin, I think that's his biggest hole," Longo said during a recent interview with MMA Fighting.
"Weidman hits his guy, he'll hurt him bad. [Machida] likes to control the pace of the fight, I don't think he likes to be pushed."
Longo believes sees the champion walking down Machida and making "The Dragon" uncomfortable, before finishing him. "I think Weidman is going to do what he always does," Longo predicted.
"He's going to get in that ring, he's going to go forward, and he's going to impose his will on Machida and he's going to make Machida fight his game, and he's probably just going to end up crushing the guy...There's a good chance he just dumps him on his head and does what he wants with him."
There's no doubt Weidman should be considered a favorite against anyone after dominating Anderson Silva in two consecutive fights, but do you think fighting Machida will be as easy for him as Longo says? Let us know in the comments section.
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