Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is still gunning for a light heavyweight title fight against Jon Jones. Weidman will make his divisional debut at UFC Boston on October 18 against Dominick Reyes.
“If it’s up to me, I dominate Dominick Reyes and I go against Jon Jones. That’s the goal. I want to beat the best,” Weidman said. “All the guys kind of ranked in the top five, I feel like Jon Jones has kind of beat most of them already.
“It does kind of give me the ability to kind of skip the rankings a little bit and jump up there. If the UFC and the fans and everyone thinks it makes sense. But first thing’s first, I gotta prove myself in the weight class. Otherwise none of this matters.”
Weidman lost four of his last five fights at middleweight, and will make his 205-pound debut against the undefeated Reyes. Reyes holds notable wins over the likes of Ovince Saint Preux, Jared Cannonier, and Volkan Oezdemir. With a win over a former UFC champion in Weidman, Reyes will all but solidify himself as Jones’ next challenger.
Do you think Weidman can land a fight with Jones with a win over Reyes?