Chris ‘All-American’ Weidman will do whatever it takes to dethrone Jon Jones.
The former UFC middleweight champion will be entering Jones’ territory for the first time this month as he is slated to make his light heavyweight debut at UFC Boston.
Weidman snapped his two-year fighting hiatus last year, but his return to the Octagon did not go as planned as he cruised to a devastating knockout loss to Ronaldo’ Jacare’ Souza.
After going 1-4 in the last five outings, ‘All-American’ has decided to vacate his post at 185 pounds.
Looking to score a rebound win, Weidman’s debut at 205 pounds would not be a walk in the park.
Standing in his way is Dominick Reyes, a sixth-ranked light heavyweight who is sporting a flawless professional record including five straight wins in the UFC.
Weidman, though, is confident that he will get past his first opponent and will soon face Jones in a title fight.
Official poster for UFC Boston, Chris Weidman vs. Dominick Reyes LHW fight (October 18th) pic.twitter.com/yRPtLxQf89
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Shock The World
In a previous interview with Submission Radio, Weidman said he is on a journey to end the reign of another all-time great, just like what he did to Anderson Silva.
“Being the guy that shocks the world, not once but twice, against what people think are the greatest of all time, and against someone that most people think can’t even be beaten.” (Transcript from MMA Fighting)
“And that’s where Anderson Silva was when I fought him and this is where Jon Jones is right now, and so that motivates the hell out of me. That’s the legacy I want.”
Jones’ last two title fights have gone the distance and Weidman believes there’s a blueprint to beating the light heavyweight champion.
“I don’t think he’s looked that good, I don’t think he’s looked as dangerous.”
“He’s not finishing, and I see there’s a lot of… he’s great, but I see there’s definitely holes in there.”
— MMATraining.com (@mmatraining) October 1, 2019
In an appearance at the UFC Unfiltered podcast, Weidman shared that this plan of dethroning Jones includes skipping the light heavyweight rankings as he believes that the top-five contenders have been all played out by the champ.
“If it’s up to me, I dominate Dominick Reyes and I go against Jon Jones,” he claimed, (transcript from BJPenn.com)
“That’s the goal. I want to beat the best, 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.”
With a lofty goal on his mind, ‘All-American’ is aware that he has to make a great impression first in his new weight class.
“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.”
Chris Weidman: I can ‘skip the rankings a little bit’ and fight Jon Jones after first win at 205 https://t.co/tCdAOCGERg
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) October 8, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/ Chris Weidman and Jon Jones)