MANILA, Philippines – The coach of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman believes his fighter will likely demolish Lyoto Machida when the two meet in the main event of UFC 175 next month.
Weidman is scheduled to defend his crown versus the former UFC light heavyweight champion, who is riding on a two-fight win streak as a middleweight.
Ray Longo, Weidman’s head coach, said the reigning middleweight king will force the evasive Machida into fighting his game.
"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,” said Longo in MMA Fighting.
“There's a good chance he just dumps him on his head and does what he wants with him," Longo said, referring to Weidman’s wrestling skills.
Weidman won the middleweight belt after knocking out future hall-of-famer Anderson Silva in July 2013.
He successfully defended the belt during their rematch last December after he was able to check Silva’s low kick, which snapped the Brazilian’s left leg.