Former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman is going to make his light heavyweight debut in a few days. Weidman faces the unbeaten and ranked number four Dominick Reyes who is coming from a win against former title contender Volkan Oezdemir.
It’s safe to say that the light heavyweight division is not the most exciting division in UFC at the moment since the champio does not have a challenger at the moment. In this scenario, Chris Weidman vs Dominick Reyes certainly seems a fight to decide the number one contender. Reyes is undefeated and a win over the former champion certainly put him above rest of the contenders at 205. Similarly, Chris Weidman is the biggest name in the light heavyweight division after Jon Jones. Hence it is safe to say that he is one fight away from the title shot and Weidman believes the same. He also claimed that he has the tools to beat Jon Jones.
Chris Weidman believes his wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu will be the key to beat Jon Jones.
“Because wrestling is really the key against him. if you are a striker he is gonna find a way to bet you into him taking you down and then you are trouble on your back. I think a wrestler with Jiu-Jitsu is a problem for him. Cormier had the wrestling as much Jiu-Jitsu and good positioning on top and stuff. But he is way shorter and that reach disadvantage huge. With me it’s not going to be that bad. I kind of better footwork and stuff, I can move in and out and kind of trick to the legs a little easier, I guess.”
“But he definitely looks very beatable after watching his last two fights against two 85 pounders.” said Chris Weidman when asked about his take outs from the last few fights of Jon Jones.
Moving to light heavyweight to face Jon Jones was something Weidman always wanted to do when he was the middleweight champion. However, his loss to Luke Rockhold derailed his journey. Nevertheless, the former champion believes moving up to heavyweight at this point of his career workouts just fine.
Chris Weidman is coming from a loss against Jacare Souza and it seems like a must-win fight for Weidman. While a loss won’t necessarily end his career, but it will certainly create doubts around his future at light heavyweight as we have seen in the case of Luke Rockhold who lost his light heavyweight debut fight.