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Ray Longo on UFC 183 main event: 'Can the pressure of a young guy going forward break down Anderson Silva?'

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Phoenix Carnevale got ahold of Ray Longo in Las Vegas to catch up with one of the world's best MMA trainers.

Most often heard barking orders from cage side, Ray Longo took a moment to give a few thoughts to Phoenix Carnevale on the UFC 183 main event, as well as other goings on for one of MMA's best trainers. He also had some interesting things to say about a potential reality show, his desire to see Chris Weidman on a Wheaties box or Sports Illustrated cover, and his thoughts on being nominated for a "Trainer of the Year" award.

Here were his thoughts on planning for Anderson Silva, and Nick Diaz's chances:

Yeah, I mean obviously [Anderson]'s cagey, he's quick, he moves. I don't know if age is going to play a factor. You know, Nick's a pressure fighter, normally uses his reach. I don't think he's got the reach in this one, but we'll see. Can the pressure of a young guy going forward, absorbing punishment, and putting punishment on, break down Anderson Silva? We'll see.

And his take on the middleweight champion, Chris Weidman:

How could you resist the boyish good looks and charm?
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100%, man if there's a cover of Sports Illustrated or Wheaties, it's him. He looks the part to me, so I'm with you.
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Great guy, terrific guy, and I'm with you 100%. I think, hopefully in the future, we'll correct all of that.

And what he thinks will be Chris Weidman's legacy, down the road:

I'm gonna say, Chris Weidman is gonna go down as one of the greatest fighters of all time. And, if I have anything to do with it, hopefully undefeated.

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