Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman makes his light heavyweight debut next weekend in the main event of UFC Boston against top-ranked contender Dominick Reyes. It’s a huge opportunity for Weidman, and he knows it. According to Weidman, a win over Reyes would immediately catapult him into the top-five and get him closer to a matchup against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones
Weidman spoke to UFC Unfiltered recently and said he believes a win over Reyes would allow him to skip the line and get a matchup against Jones sooner than expected.
“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.
“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 is entering the UFC light heavyweight division coming off of a knockout loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza last year at 230. He’s lost four of his last five fights overall, which prompted the move up to light heavyweight for a fresh start. The New York native was the UFC middleweight champion from July 2013 to December 2015.
“The All-American” has been vocal in recent weeks about taking on Jones, who is currently without an opponent. Weidman said recently that he believes he has the blueprint to beat Jones — although Jones doesn’t seem to buy it. If he can get by Reyes, he might just get the opportunity to show the world what he’s made of.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/7/2019.