Speaking with AXS TV's Inside MMA, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones says he'd like to see Chris Weidman grow his resume before entertaining the idea of a superfight with him.
"A lot of people are starting to mention Chris Weidman's name and I think in order for it to be a superfight Chris Weidman needs to get his name a little bit bigger and prove himself against some other world champions. With that being said, I think Cain Velasquez is the only guy that would actually be considered a superfight."
But speaking with fans during a UFC 169 Q&A session just over a week ago, Jones seemed much more enthused about the prospect of fighting Weidman, especially if it were set in New York City's Madison Square Garden.
"I think it would be phenomenal," said Jones. "It would be awesome."
"I've got no reason to make comments about Weidman. Everything you say up here, it gets back to the fighter, so I don't want to offend him. I think he's a great guy, but I'm very confident. I'm a very confident young man. I'll just leave it at that."
Following up, a fan wanted a confirmation that Jones would, indeed, be open to the idea of fighting Weidman.
"Absolutely," replied Jones. "That's my job."
Unlike former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who never really seemed too interested in fighting the larger Jones, Weidman has said he would jump at the chance. Prior to his second win over Silva at UFC 168 in December, Weidman told ESPN he'd be more than happy to face Jones, even on short notice.
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.
Jones mentioned back in November that he was typically walking around at close to 230lbs, just ten pounds off the mark of where he'd like to fight Velasquez. Standing 6'4, Jones enjoys a reach advantage at 84.5 inches compared to Velasquez at 77 inches standing 6'1. Saying he believes the fight would 'be huge for the sport,' Jones said he planned on fighting Velasquez sometime within the next year before making a an eventual move to heavyweight.
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Here we go ! May 24th another great Brazilian opponent to share the cage with! http://t.co/psJPzQZu7s— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) February 8, 2014
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Back at it.
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I'd say so.
Progress....... http://t.co/3m9iHPW8ZK— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 9, 2014
Big fan of Strikeback.
On set. I'm a nice guy really! #strikeback http://t.co/Zz1W0sEKF9— michael (@bisping) February 10, 2014
We missed a good one.
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I'd rather see this one.
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Shayna Baszler vs. Sarah Kaufman at TUF Nations Finale
Bobby Green vs. Jim Miller at UFC 172
Noad Lahat vs. Godofredo Pepey at UFC Fight Night 38
Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Ernest Chavez at UFC 170
Zak Cummings vs. Alberto Mina at TUF China Finale
Albert Cheng vs. Anying Wang at TUF China Finale
Mark Eddiva vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun at TUF China Finale
Josh Burkman vs. Tyler Stinson at WSOF 9
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Michael Shulski.
Quick Poll: is T. Silva Finished?
Most of the mma world knows by now that Thiago Silva was arrested on some serious felonies. It's hard to imagine that he will not do any jail time. I remember hearing that T. Silva grew up poor and was mostly a "self-made man". Same thing with Palhares. Both grew up poor and became big money makers. Both fighters have broken rules the UFC laid out. Silva with urine and Palhares with leg locks. There are countless stories of poor boxers in the USA who would go on to commit felonies and/or squander their wealth. Mike Tyson stands as the prototype in my mind. Thus, it can be concluded that Silva's behavior isn't all that uncommon. Vote below and consider the "for" and "against" factors.
1) Silva is talented and has never broken any rules inside of a fight.
2) Silva is a known commodity in international mma markets because of his 12 octagon appearances.
3) One of the victims of his recent crime spree, Pablo Popovitch, believes that Silva was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and thus may never have become so violent if sober.
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