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Chris Weidman Says He Volunteered to Fight Jon Jones at UFC 151

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Chael Sonnen wasn't the only middleweight who volunteered to fight Jon Jones on less than two weeks' notice.

Top 185-pound contender Chris Weidman told MMAFighting.com following Thursday's conference call that he offered to fight Jones next week, as well.

"I heard that Dan Henderson was hurt," Weidman said. "I said, 'Wow, I'm not getting the shot at 185, let me get Jon Jones, he's freaking awesome."

UFC president Dana White announced on Thursday that the promotion had canceled UFC 151 after Dan Henderson pulled out of his fight against Jon Jones due to a partially torn MCL and then Jones turned down a fight against Sonnen.

Weidman said he called UFC matchmaker Joe Silva Wednesday night to let him know he would be willing to fight Jones on Sept. 1. He said Silva was "shocked" by his offer because Weidman wasn't on their radar as a potential opponent for Jones but seemed interested in the idea. Unfortunately, once Jones turned down the fight against Sonnen, Weidman believes he was never really considered.

"I'm not sure it ever got back to [Jones]," he said. "If he's not taking Chael Sonnen, I'm sure he isn't going to take me."

As for what's next for Weidman, he said the UFC has yet to tell him who he will really be fighting following his July win over Mark Munoz.

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