Chris Weidman’s coach Ray Long admits they hit a plateau, but are on their way back up.
Just two years ago, Chris Weidman was on top of the UFC middleweight division, beating one Brazilian legend after another. All of a sudden, he was on a two-fight skid and he lost his title in the process.
Weidman will be facing another tough task ahead, when he fights Gegard Mousasi as the co-headliner of UFC 210 this weekend in Buffalo, New York. On his quest to get the belt back, long-time striking coach Ray Longo admitted that they did hit a rough patch.
“If you think about it, there was only one way to go. You can’t keep going up and up and up,” Long said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “So we plateaued a little bit before. I think that’s going to be the mantra. That’s behind us, and we really had to go back to what got us there and really just move forward.”
“Look, it’s always exciting working your way up to the top, and it’s really hard to hold that. Who knows, I mean I think maybe we all got scattered a little bit. But we’re all back. We’re back. I really put a lot into this camp myself as a coach, and I got a lot of help from a lot of other people, which I appreciate. I’m really psyched for this fight.”
Longo admits he was not expecting for Weidman to go into a two-fight losing streak. But he says they have all put it behind them now, and are mainly focused on getting back on top.
“No, I would have never have thought we’d be in this position, but we are and we’re ready to tackle it and really write his comeback story, man.”
Longo’s interview begins at the 1:55:55 mark of the video.