Jon Jones warns Chris Weidman: “Be careful…”
When you’re at the top of the division, you will undoubtedly be the target of every other fighter. Reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones knows this all too well, as fighters in his and other divisions are constantly targeting him. While Jones is undoubtedly one of the most dominant champions in the history of the UFC, his last two fights have opened for questions of his form. One of those who has taken note of Jones’ potential weaknesses is former middleweight champ Chris Wiedman.
“I don’t think he’s looked that good, I don’t think he’s looked as dangerous,” Weidman said about Jones’ last few fights in an interview with Submission Radio. “He’s not finishing, and I see there’s a lot of… he’s great, but I see there’s definitely holes in there.
“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.”
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Jones eventually caught wind of the remarks made by Weidman. The reigning UFC champ then took to social media to voice his opinion.
“Yo I’m just checking the news,” Jones said in an Instagram post. “Somebody tell Chris Weidman he don’t wanna fight me. Stop. Hey Chris, stop.”
“Be careful with that target you’re staring at on my back, it just might bite you in the ass,” Jones added.
Weidman will make his light heavyweight debut against Dominick Reyes in the main event at UFC Boston on October 18th. Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight title, but lost his fourth titel defence against Luke Rockhold via knockout. He would go on to get knocked out in his two following bouts against Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi. Weidman bounced back with a submission win against Kelvin Gastelum, but was then brutally knocked out in his latest bout with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. After that he decided to move up to light heavyweight.
Jones was rumoured to face Jan Blachowicz in his next title defence. However, the Polish fighter has now instead been booked for a main event bout against the above mentioned “Jacare”.