Every time the UFC has dominant champions in a weight class, the fans begin calling for superfights. For UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, those calls have already began just two defenses into his championship reign.
Of course, Weidman’s title defenses weren’t against your usual challengers.
The first was against a pound-for-pound legend in Anderson Silva and his most recent was against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
Weidman still has plenty of work to do at 185-pounds before clearing out the division, but if he is able to do so then we could see the talks of a superfight really begin.
At 30 years old, there is still time for Weidman to position himself for a big money fight, and he would be open to that possibility against a fighter light current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Just don’t expect him to entertain the idea of fighting Johny Hendricks.
Weidman discussed potential superfights on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and shared his thoughts on the situation.
MMA Mania transcribed the following:
“If I was at the top and he’s (Jones) at the top, then that’s the guy I’d want to fight, but who knows where we will be at that point. I think he’ll be at the top for a while and I think I will too, so, you know. But if I had to say right now, then yeah that’s the fight I want. I want to fight the best guys in the world. It’s not like I’m calling out Jon Jones, but I want the toughest competition and I’d want to fight the people that other people think I can’t beat. So he’d definitely be an awesome test for me, so who knows.
“I don’t even think that I’d entertain that (Johny Hendricks fight). Not that he’s not good or anything like that, but it just doesn’t make any sense to talk about it now. Hendricks hasn’t defended his belt yet, and I have more people to fight in my weight class. Nothing to talk about right now.
“On top of that, I would never call out a guy who’s smaller than me. I’m a lot bigger than him, I think. I know he walks around heavy, but I’d feel like I’d have a huge advantage in that fight, so I’m not calling him out. Jon Jones is different. He’s taller than me, he’s bigger than me, so that’s a different story. That would be more of a test for me than Johny Hendricks.”
Of course, Jones has discussed a future move to heavyweight, so we will have to see if the opportunity ever presents itself.
But if Weidman can remain an undefeated champion and Jones is able to stay at the top of the sport, the UFC could have a fight that would have potential to sell out a stadium in the United States.