Chris Wiedman is a former UFC middleweight champion who defeated Anderson Silva in his prime – twice.
There’s no doubt that Silva goes down as one of the all-time greats in MMA, but many would argue Jon Jones is the very best ever.
After losing four of his last five outings in the octagon, Wiedman is making the step up to light-heavyweight and he is targeting a date with Bones where he could shock the world for the second time.
Before he does that, he’s got to face the unbeaten Dominick Reyes on October 18.
Still, he’s made it no secret that his goal is to face Jones and he doesn’t think the UFC light heavyweight champion is the force he once was.
“Being the guy that shocks the world, not once but twice, against what people think are the greatest of all time, and against someone that most people think can’t even be beaten,” Weidman told Submission Radio. “That’s where Anderson Silva was when I fought him and this is where Jon Jones is right now, and so that motivates the hell out of me. That’s the legacy I want.”
“I don’t think he’s looked that good, I don’t think he’s looked as dangerous. He’s not finishing, and I see there’s a lot of… he’s great, but I see there’s definitely holes in there,” Weidman continued. “I always believed there’s a blueprint to beat him.
“You see it a little bit more, but I always knew he’s beatable, and I think if it was a guy like me with power in the hands and also the wrestling that’s better and Jiu Jitsu. So, I think that’s really I take it to him. But no one’s been able to do that yet. He’s done a great job, he adjusts really well in there. So, that’s the goal, is to get in there with him.”
Reyes, however, is just one of a crop of guys at 205lbs that are making a lot of noise and are on the rise. Guys like Johnny Walker and Aleksander Rakic as well as Reyes will have a lot to say about Wiedman getting a shot at Jones.