The middleweight champ has talked about moving up to 205 in the past, and Weidman’s also said he’s interested in fighting Jones. But, in a recent edition of “The MMA Hour”, Weidman made it clear that fighting the former light-heavyweight champ is on his bucket list (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I know for a fact, I’m not leaving this sport without fighting Jon,” Weidman said. “Unless he’s not coming back at all. But if he’s there, and I’m here, people are going to want to see it happen. And I want to see it happen.
“That’s nothing against Jon,” Weidman said. “It’s just because I’m a competitor. I want to fight the best possible people. I want to have the biggest challenges in front of me and conquer them.”
Yes, Mr. Weidman, we are all in agreement here. A fight between you and Jones sounds just fine to us. Of course, since Jones is dealing with some pretty serious legal issues right now, it remains unclear as to when, and perhaps if, “Bones” will fight again.
The decorated wrestler went on to add that his wish to face the best of the best, is why he wanted to throw down with Silva. Before their first encounter in 2013, Silva was in the midst of a 17 fight winning streak, which included some of the most memorable and iconic victories the sport has ever seen. Sure, Chael Sonnen reminded people that Silva was indeed human when they battled for the first time in 2010, but “The Spider” quickly took care of his rival in their second meeting.
All the Jones talk aside, Weidman is currently booked to fight Luke Rockhold on December 12th at UFC 194, which should be a stiff test for the champ.
The card will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and will be the co-headliner, yes, the co-headliner….The main event will feature featherweight champ Jose Aldo taking on Conor McGregor.