For all his glory as the former 185-pound king, Anderson Silva never seemed very interested in moving up to 205 pounds to face Jon Jones.
Despite running through most every opponent in his wake, Silva wasn’t very excited about the idea of permanently moving up in weight to face newer, tougher challenges. He was always open to a superfight with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but similar to Silva, GSP wasn’t very motivated to move up in weight either.
In comes Chris Weidman, throwing out the scripted apprehension often associated with champions and their valuable pedestals. If you ask him, he’s getting pretty close to doing his part in securing a matchup with the champion at light heavyweight.
“I’ve got to focus on Luke [Rockhold] and the winner of [Ronaldo] “Jacare” [Souza] and Yoel Romero,” Weidman said on Periscope Monday. “After that we’ll start talking about Jon Jones and 205 and anybody who’s good up there.
“My future does eventually take me to 205. Not because of weight cutting at middleweight, but just because I think I’m running out of guys to beat at middleweight. Some of the tougher challenges are probably going to be done soon.”
Having only been the champion since claiming the title from Silva in 2013, Weidman’s lofty goals may seem premature. But since topping Silva in a rematch, Weidman’s defeated former champions Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. If all goes well for Weidman, he’ll have defeated the division’s first-, second- (or third-), fourth- and fifth-ranked fighters by the time he’s done with middleweight.
“The All-American” takes on Rockhold during the co-main event on Dec. 12 at UFC 194 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.