Despite only having a total of nine professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fights under his belt, Longo believes his undefeated (9-0, 5-0 UFC) pupil is on a different level when compared to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva's previous foes.
In addition, Weidman has all of the attributes as well as all of the confidence it takes to win a main event championship fight against the man many believe is the best MMA fighter of all time.
And at 38 years of age, Silva may not be able to handle everything the much "younger" and "stronger" fighter dishes out to him this weekend (July 6, 2013) at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, Nevada; including his NCAA Division-1 wrestling chops, a tool Longo believes Chris will use to dump the Brazilian striker on his head.
Because as "phenomenal" as "The Spider" is, he -- or anyone in the United States, for that matter -- can't prevent that from happening.
Ray recently broke it down during his appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"I tell you what, the guy (Silva) is where he's at for a reason. When I look at him, the guy is absolutely phenomenal. We're not discounting anything. The way I'm breaking it down in my head is, can a 40 year-old man stop this young, talented, strong, huge, technical, confident kid from dumping him on his head. This guy (Weidman) is a beast and I think the age might play a little factor in this. I'm not sure there is a guy in the United States that can stop this guy from dumping him on his head at that age. He's that good, he really is. That's not bullshit. He's technical, he's strong, he's confident. He's got the attributes to win this fight and I think everyone knows that if that fight hits the ground, it's going to be a different story. Getting it there, well we're going to see what happens on July 6th. Weidman is a big, strong, technical kid that we've put in with technical boxers, southpaws and he's passed the tests. He deserves to be here. Everybody is going to find something out on July 6th, I don't know who is going to be more surprised in the Octagon, Anderson or Chris, but he' s not going to be mentally defeated before he goes in there and he's got the flight time now to get what he wants. Stylistically, we believe Weidman is a tough fight for him. I'm not saying age is the only factor, because with age comes experience. And if you watch his fights, he's a calm and calculated striker. Never gets flustered, this guy is no joke. I just believe the guys he's beat aren't on Chris's level. Standing or on the floor."
That's quite a bold claim considering the list of talented and seasoned veterans Silva has fought and defeated throughout his 16-year career.
Nevertheless, much like these guys, Longo is confident Weidman "The Beast" will prove victorious and become the first man to bring a UFC title back to the New York-based fight camp since Matt Serra shocked the MMA world at UFC 69 by defeating Georges St. Pierre.
But can "All American" pull of the upset in "Sin City," too?