Chris Weidman has rejected talk of a 'superfight' with Johny Hendricks but has admitted a fight with Jon Jones does interest him.
Weidman was responding to Hendricks, who had proposed a possible clash between the two, despite Dana White already rubbishing the proposal.
“I don't even think that I’d entertain that,” Said Weidman. “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. 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."
Dana White had said on Inside MMA that, “You [Hendricks] are in a very nasty division packed with talent from No. 1 to No. 13. You have a lot of housework to do before you clean out the division and talk about Chris Weidman."
Superfight talk is nothing new to the middleweight and welterweight divisions. For a long time there was talk of Anderson Silva fighting either Georges St-Pierre or Jon Jones, and although nothing has come to fruition and is unlikely to, the mantle has passed to Weidman.
The reigning Middleweight champ did express an interest in fighting Jones though, stating that Light Heavyweight champ is a 'more of a test.'
“Jon Jones is different,” said Weidman. “He’s taller than me, he’s bigger than me, so that’s a different story. That would be more of a test than Johny Hendricks,” said Weidman.
With Weidman and Jones in their prime and with both having two or three fighters to clear out in their division, a fight between those two could realistically happen either sometime late next year or in 2016.
After defeating Lyoto 'The Dragon' Machida at UFC 175, Vitor Belfort looks like he'll be next in line for Weidman. Following that, 'Jacare' Souza and Luke Rockhold are top contenders, so clearing those guys is a must.
For Jones, he has to clear Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier for sure and Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson is also making waves through the division as well. These are just the must clears at the moment, and that gives plenty of time for another fighter to emerge in the divisions.
So despite the dethroning of Silva, St-Pierre's sabbatical and some of the closest divisions in years, superfight talk refuses to die and with the pound-for-pound rankings being a talking point around every major fight, it's not likely to die out any time soon until it actually happens.
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