Chris Weidman Talks Fighting Jon Jones, Thinks He Can “Skip The Rankings”
Chris Weidman is moving up to light heavyweight, and the former middleweight champion has had beef with Jon Jones. Weidman, who lost four of his previous five fights, will face Dominick Reyes at UFC Boston later this month. Previously, Weidman talked about the light heavyweight division being thin, with Jones cleaning out the division. The “All American” believes he has the tools to finally put an end to Jon’s undefeated streak.
Recently, Chris Weidman appeared on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast, and talked about his fight with Reyes. Weidman believes a win over Dominick will automatically push him into the upper echelons of the division. Chris also said that he believes he can ‘skip the rankings’ a bit, and face Jon Jones soon.
“If it’s up to me, I dominate Dominick Reyes and I go against Jon Jones. That’s the goal. I want to beat the best”, Weidman said (h/t BJPenn.com).
“All the guys kind of ranked in the top five, I feel like Jon Jones has kind of beat most of them already. It does kind of give me the ability to kind of skip the rankings a little bit and jump up there. If the UFC and the fans and everyone thinks it makes sense. But first thing’s first, I gotta prove myself in the weight class. Otherwise none of this matters.”
Weidman hasn’t fought in nearly a year, and decided to move up a division due to his surgeries making it difficult for him to keep fighting at 185. Weidman previously lost to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and would be eyeing a win over Reyes at UFC Boston on October 18th.