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Jon Jones sends a message to Chris Weidman ahead of his light heavyweight debut

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

An influx of new contenders moving up from middleweight to light heavyweight has given Jon Jones a slew of potential opponents, but he’s not sweating any of them taking the title from him.

The latest example is former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who is moving to light heavyweight for his upcoming fight against Dominick Reyes at the UFC Fight Night card from Boston on Oct. 18.

During a recent interview with Submission Radio ahead of his 205-pound debut, Weidman said that Jones has shown a lot of “holes” in his game recently while adding that he “always believed there’s a blueprint to beat him.”

It’s safe to say, Weidman’s comments finally got back to Jones, who fired off his retort via Instagram while scoffing at the former middleweight champion’s claims.

“Yo, I’m just checking the news, somebody tell Chris Weidman he don’t want to fight me. Hey Chris, stop,” Jones wrote.

“Be careful with that target you’re staring at on my back, it just might bite you in the ass.”

Before he can even think about Jones or the light heavyweight title, Weidman first has to find a way to get past Reyes, who comes into their fight with an undefeated record and a five-fight win streak in the UFC.

Reyes has long been touted as a prospect with the potential to one day challenge for the light heavyweight title so Weidman isn’t getting a pass for his first fight in the division.

Weidman will enter the contest with a 1-4 mark in his past five contests, including a knockout suffered to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in his last outing in Nov. 2018.