A broken foot! Is the latest reason shared by Weidman’s coach Ray Longo on why his fighter lost the title to Luke Rockhold.
“If you want to know the truth, he was banged up,” Longo told ESPN.com.
“He had a fractured foot in two places. We tried to work around it, but I think mentally it had an effect on him, because he wasn’t able to push the cardio the right way.”
Despite that, Weidman’s camp claimed that they did not declare the injury because of his fighter’s resiliency.
“He has fought with injuries before,” Longo said. “I’ve seen this guy walk through fire before — but as his coach, I feel bad. Maybe I should have been more vocal about this or that. You can’t make excuses. His teammate, Aljamain Sterling, was banged up going into his fight on Dec. 11 and he won. So, you never know.
Regrets is what Longo been contemplating on and he should have made a better decision on not to push through with the Rockhold fight.
“If you decide to fight, what can you do during camp? Put a boot on him, so someone takes a picture and he’s walking around in a boot? He didn’t wear one. It’s a nightmare. And these guys are my friends, so I’m in a weird spot sometimes. You basically have to tell them they’re not doing it.”
With all the different news coming out, Chris Weidman expresses that he is not the type who want to hide from excuses.
“I don’t want to be that guy making excuses, I hate it when guys do that,” Weidman said. “I think everybody is excited about what I can bring to the table in a rematch. If people have watched my fights, they can probably see it wasn’t me in there that night. Luke capitalized on it and deserves to be a champion. I’m deserving of a rematch. I can beat Luke Rockhold and people want to see that.”