Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman has repeatedly teased a trip up to the light heavyweight division, in order to challenge reigning 205-pound champion Jon Jones.
Slow down there, fella.
That was the message from "Bones," who is more interested in fighting the promotion's heavyweight kingpin, Cain Velasquez, while the "All American" builds up a bigger name and proves himself worthy at 185 pounds.
From his interview with AXS TV:
"A lot of people are starting to mention Chris Weidman's name and I think in order for it to be a 'super fight,' Chris Weidman needs to get his name a little bit bigger and prove himself against some other world champions. That being said, I think Cain Velasdquez would be the only guy that would be considered a 'super fight.'"
Apparently, beating Anderson Silva in consecutive fights -- something Weidman did at UFC 162 and UFC 168 -- wasn't enough to convince Jones that Weidman is ready to abandon ship and try his luck among bigger men.
Weidman has a chance to build off that momentum when he takes on surging middleweight contender Vitor Belfort at the UFC 173 pay-per-view (PPV) event on May 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada (details). Jones, meanwhile has his own work to do against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in April.
Beating "The Phenom" makes Weidman the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet (says this guy), which could elevate him to "super" status. If not, then "Bones" can move forward with his plans to rid himself of Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier.
These two divisions will eventually sort themselves out, I suppose, one step at a time.