Chris Weidman is your new overlord. You may not like it, but you must accept and respect it. It’s a reality, at least in this universe. Weidman is the measuring stick in which we should compare every fighter to in the UFC middleweight division. He is your new MMA god, and in this ESPN interview it appeared that he tried to step in for Dan Henderson at UFC 151 to fight Jon Jones on ten-days notice, but was turned down because he wasn’t that well known.
First off, I would never call out someone who was a lot smaller than me. I’ve trained with him before, and he’s just a smaller guy. I’m not the type of guy who is going to be like, Hey, you want to fight? I’ve got Anderson Silva on my mind, but if the fans wanted to see that fight [against Jones] and the UFC wanted it to happen, I’m 1000 percent in. I asked to fight Jon Jones on 10 days’ notice back when Dan Henderson got hurt. But I wasn’t a big enough name at that point, so they were like, no.
Weidman has officially made it — and he will forever be known as ‘that guy that knocked out Silva.’ Well, the only guy that knocked out Silva.