Super fights are a constant talking point in the sport of mixed-martial-arts — whether it’s Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva, Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva, Ronda Rousey vs. Cris “Cyborg,” or any other dream match up, the fans love pondering the idea of two of the sports’ all-time greats going at it, and while none of the aforementioned fights have happened, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman plans on making a super fight with the former UFC light heavyweight champion before he retires.
The UFC middleweight champ appeared on the MMA Hour on Monday, and he spoke with Ariel Helwani about the one thing he wants to do before he retires from the sport — that being fighting Jon “Bones” Jones.
“I know for a fact, I’m not leaving this sport without fighting Jon [Jones]. Unless he’s not coming back at all. 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.”
Jon Jones is currently serving an indefinite suspension, which was given to him by the UFC after Jones’ alleged involvement in a hit-and-run back in April. Jones allegedly got into a car accident with a pregnant woman after running a red light, and fled the scene of the accident on foot.
Weidman expanded on why he wants to fight Jon Jones, saying that it’s nothing against him personally, but it’s just that he’s a competitor, and he wants to test himself against the best fighters in the world, which is why he wanted to fight Anderson Silva, and it’s why he now wants to fight Jones, who is arguably the most talented fighter to ever step foot inside the octagon.
“That’s nothing against Jon [Jones]. It’s just because I’m a competitor. 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.”
Fighting — and beating — someone who is the most talented fighter we’ve ever seen isn’t anything new to the UFC middleweight champ, as he was the first person in the UFC to defeat Anderson Silva, who — other than his two fights with Chael Sonnen — looked virtually unstoppable up to that point.
Will Weidman and Jones ever fight each other? Well, that’s up to the UFC. Also, it depends on if Jon Jones even has any interest in fighting again, as some people who are close to the former light heavyweight champion say that his MMA career may be over.
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