Ray Longo is a well-known actor, stuntman, and mixed martial arts (MMA) coach. He has trained and cornered three UFC champions, and he is the head coach of the Serra-Longo fight team. He isn’t anticipating the highly awaited rematch between Charles Oliveira and UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi on October 21.
Longo’s lack of enthusiasm is a result of his expectation that the rematch will mirror their previous battle, in which Makhachev outclassed Oliveira by way of a second-round submission at UFC 280. Given the coach’s observations and the combatants’ prior experiences in the Octagon, MMA enthusiasts are excited to see how this exciting rematch plays out.
Ray Longo claims Islam Makhachev will defeat Charles Oliveira
Russian professional MMA fighter Islam Makhachev is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion as well as a previous combat sambo world champion. On the other hand, Charles Oliveira, the former UFC Lightweight Champion has a professional MMA record of 33 victories and 1 NC,
Ray Longo is confident that Islam Makhachev will prevail in his rematch with Charles Oliveira at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi on October 21. The Coach, however, concedes that if Oliveira had experienced issues in their previous fight and resolved them, the outcome could have been different.
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Longo compared the rematch to Aljamain Sterling’s title bout, highlighting the significance of getting prepared both mentally and physically for a different outcome. Despite praising Oliveira‘s accomplishments, he feels that Makhachev’s dominant performance in their initial match demonstrated his superior abilities and grappling prowess, which he anticipates to be demonstrated once more in the rematch.
If the 31 years old can retain control on the ground and take advantage of submission opportunities, the coach believes his grappling prowess and constant pressure will help him earn another victory. “Do Bronxs”, on the other hand, must use his striking abilities to keep the fight standing and take advantage of any potential flaws in Makhachev’s strategy.
Aljamain Sterling’s mentor expresses the importance of a good training camp
Ray Longo said the following things while expressing the importance of a good training camp:
“A good training camp is crucial. It’s the difference between winning and losing. It marks the distinction between a champion and a challenger. It’s the distinction between becoming a star and a journeyman.”
“In an effective training camp, you’ll be challenged mentally and physically. The world’s top fighters will be your partners for sparring. You’re going to study fresh methods and approaches. And you’ll be gaining the self-assurance you need to stand out and win.”
He also put a lot of emphasis on building relationships with coaches and training partners:
“But a good training camp involves more than just hard work. Building relationships with your coaches and training partners is another important aspect. It’s about fostering a supportive environment where everyone is rooting for one another.”
“You must put in the effort in training camp if you want to succeed in MMA. However, you must also relish the procedure. You won’t be able to give your 100% if you’re not having fun.”
“Find a good camp, surround yourself with good people, and enjoy yourself. That is the secret to success.”
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