Chris Weidman has made it no secret that he wants a shot at Anderson Silva. Unfortunately, the greatest of all time hasn’t reciprocated the interest. During a recent interview with Sherdog Radio, Weidman addressed the dismissive reaction he got from Silva’s camp and how he thinks he would fare against him in a potential showdown.
"It was disheartening when his management was doing that, but it's a business and I understand what they're doing," said Weidman to Sherdog Radio. "I don't take it personal. I put a lot of work in and my goal is to be champion. I know I can beat Anderson Silva."
It’s honestly very difficult to say how Weidman would do in a fight against Silva. Not too long ago, a lot of people thought Mark Munoz would beat him down. Then, when he got past the Filipino Wrecking Machine, Weidman got catapulted into the title picture. He, Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch are all great fighters, but it’s hard to envision any of them taking out Silva.
Any and all impartial observers agree that Johny Hendricks has earned his shot at Georges St-Pierre and that welterweight belt. Unfortunately, Dana White allowed GSP to make the final call on who his next foe would be. Predictably the champ decided to pass on a difficult title defense in favor of a big pay day and a better match-up. During a recent interview with the Canadian Press, GSP explained why he ignored Hendricks’ public calls for a fight and instead opted for a showdown against Nick Diaz.
"He wants to create animosity to make a story, for me to accept the fight," St-Pierre told The Canadian Press. "But I believe the fight with Diaz is more interesting to the public and is the fight people want to see. People want the big fight and the bigger fight is Diaz right now.”
Everyone knows that’s a cop out, but there isn’t much that can be done about it. Yes, Diaz is the bigger name – but it’s not like he is some transcendent mainstream superstar. He’s a big attraction amongst MMA fans, sure, but those very same MMA fans would love to see GSP take on someone who could legitimately beat him like Hendricks. Cop. Out.
Jon Jones will obviously fight Chael Sonnen next, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t already looked ahead to a seemingly inevitably showdown between himself and Alexander Gustafsson. The latter fighter earned No. 1 light heavyweight contender status with his big UFC on FOX 5 victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, however, he will likely fight someone else before he gets his shot at the belt.
During a recent interview with MMA Freak, Jones opened up about a possible showdown against Gustafsson.
“I think I’m starting to fight for the critics too,” said Jones on fighting Gus to mmaheat.com. “There’s a lot of critics who say my height and reach advantage is the only reason I’ve gotten to the point I’m at and fighting Gustafsson would really nullify those critics, so I’m up for the challenge…”
Jones is absolutely right. He and Gustafsson are both long fighters whose reach advantages would be nullified against one another, so at that point it would be all about who the more skilled fighter is. This would/will be a fantastic battle – much better than the match Chael Sonnen talked his way into.