Chris Weidman has solidified himself as one of UFC’s most dominant fighters by going undefeated in his 13 bouts. But he won’t stop until he has the chance to face Jon “Bones” Jones.
Weidman revealed Monday on “The MMA Hour” why he’s so desperate to fight the former light heavyweight champion.
“It’s just because I’m a competitor,” Weidman said, per FOXSports.com. “I want to fight the best possible people. I want to have the biggest challenges in front of me and conquer them. … That’s why I wanted to fight Anderson Silva when nobody else wanted to fight him. I want the biggest challenges. I want to beat people who people think I can’t beat. And Jon is definitely going to be one of those guys.”
The middleweight champion even went so far as to say he’s “not leaving this sport without fighting Jon.”
“Unless he’s not coming back at all,” Weidman said. “But if he’s there, and I’m here, people are going to want to see it happen. And I want to see it happen.”
There is a chance Jones, who’s battling some legal problems and personal demons, won’t come back. The fighter tested positive for cocaine back in January. In April, his title was stripped and he was suspended indefinitely after being involved in a hit-and-run involving a car driven by a 25-year-old pregnant woman. His manager even said it’s possible that Jones will never return to the octagon.
But Weidman is rooting for Jones.
“He’s an amazing athlete and he’s accomplished so much,” Weidman said. “So I hope he gets his stuff together and he comes back.”
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