Chris Weidman Believes He Can Beat Jon Jones
Chris Weidman has always one most of the most confident fighters on the UFC roster. No matter if he wins or loses, he always judges the next bout on skillset and not previous results. He absolutely believes in his wrestling ability and it willing to test himself against anyone.
A pair of wins over Anderson Silva add to that confidence. Now, it appears that Weidman believes there’s another legendary figure he could dethrone; Jon Jones.
Weidman was recently a guest on the Submission Radio show. Now that Weidman is going to be competing in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division, it only makes sense that he would shoot for the absolute top of the class. During the interview, he explained what made him join the 205lb division, referencing the loss to Jacare.
Moving to 205lbs
“I think it was kind of gradual,” said Weidman. ” I lost my last fight at 185 to Jacare and I’ve had injuries. During the time of being injured and having neck surgery, I was reflecting and thinking about what’s the best place for me to go moving forward. I think the weight cut in my last fight was tough. The last couple pounds took a lot out of me,” ended Weidman.
He also explained that he thinks the weight cuts were taking a lot of the nutrients out of his body that were necessary to compete at a high level. Explaining his initial plans, Chris began to speak about his career goals if they played out perfectly. First, Weidman wanted to defend his Middleweight title, suffer zero defeats, then go to light heavyweight and capture that title as well.
Weidman on Jon Jones
Later in the interview, Weidman spoke on current 205lb champion Jon Jones. Additionally, he said that a win over Dominick Reyes should be able to put him in title contention right away if he were to win dominantly. Keep in mind, Weidman always wanted to face Jones, even when he was the 185lb champion.
“I always believed there’s a blueprint to beat (Jon Jones),” Weidman declared. “You see it a little bit more, but I always knew he’s beatable, and I think if it was a guy like me with power in the hands and also the wrestling that’s better and Jiu-Jitsu. So, I think that’s really I take it to him. But no one’s been able to do that yet. He’s done a great job, he adjusts really well in there. So, that’s the goal, is to get in there with him.”
If Weidman takes care of Dominick Reyes at UFC Boston, he just may have the chance to prove to the world that his blueprint to beat Jon was correct.
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