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Chris Weidman eyes light heavyweight move, desires Jon Jones superfight

Don't look now, "The All-American" middleweight champion is planning a move up to the light heavyweight division.

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Chris Weidman can troll ... let's face it.

However, there are no doubts behind Weidman's recent statements made as part of a Twitter takeover (via MMAjunkie) of his hometown favorite New York Met's account, while taking in the Major League Baseball action from Citi Field in Queens, New York.

The 31-year-old, undefeated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight titleholder is tasked with defending his belt for the fourth time against "good looking" No. 1 contender Luke Rockhold. After he disposes of the confident challenger, Weidman would like to test the waters north of 185 pounds at Light Heavyweight.

The Serra-Longo fight team product Weidman is a large middleweight -- he most recently cut 10 pounds on the day of weigh-ins for his UFC 187 bout with Vitor Belfort (via Bloody Elbow) -- so a move to 205 pounds was never out of the question. If, and when, that occurs, he has his sights set on a fellow New York native.

A clash of champions is the furthest thing from Jones' pallet right now as he is forced to contend with a legal situationstemming from a prior hit-and-run incident back in April. If he were to clear his name, the former pound-for-pound great could be immediately slotted into a title fight to reclaim the 205-pound beltwhich he was stripped of in April.

For now, Weidman must prepare for his showdown with the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) representative Rockhold, who promises to bring the "cocky" champion "back down to earth."

The last Strikeforce Middleweight champion was on the eve of obtaining a UFC title shot upon his May 2013 Octagon debut, but Vitor Belfort had other plans. Rockhold rebounded with impressive wins over the likes of Tim Boetsch, Michael Bisping and Lyoto Machida, forcing UFC President Dana White's hand.

Earlier this week, White confirmed that Weidman's next middleweight title defense would take place at the UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) in December, which already possesses another extraordinary championship match up featuring Featherweight king Jose Aldo versus interim titleholder Conor McGregor.

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