Top UFC Middleweight Contender Chris Weidman Offered to Face Jon Jones at UFC 151

August 23, 2012
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Chael Sonnen wasn’t the only middleweight that was offering to step up and face Jon Jones on short notice at UFC 151.

Current top dog in the contender’s race at 185lbs, Chris Weidman, actually made a call to the UFC to offer his services to step in and face Jones if the company needed him.

Weidman, who is currently awaiting word on his next fight, happily called UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to take the slot vacated by an injured Dan Henderson in next weekend’s UFC 151 main event.

“We did reach out to Joe Silva about potentially throwing Chris’ name in the mix. I think when we did it, it was probably a little bit late in the game. “(We didn’t know) he had already turned down the fight with Chael Sonnen, so it is what it is,” Weidman’s manager David Martin told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.

The New Yorker was happy to accept and take the fight, but unfortunately unbeknownst to him at the time, Jones was already out of the match-up and as everyone knows now the card has been canceled.

Weidman could soon be known as ‘Mr. Short Notice’ because he debuted in the Octagon after accepted a bout with Alessio Sakara on two-weeks notice. He then replaced an injured Court McGee to pick up a win at UFC 131.

Then at UFC on Fox 2 when a late injury caused the entire card to be shuffled around, Weidman again stepped up on just 11 days notice to face Demian Maia.

“Chris was willing, able and ready to step up and move up a weight class to fight Jon Jones on 8 days notice,” Martin stated.

While the fight obviously didn’t happen, Weidman was more than willing to step in once again if the UFC needed him. He’s hoping his ‘fight anyone’ spirit will benefit him because he’s still stalking and searching for a match with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

“Simply put, he’s an opportunist, he really is,” Martin said about Weidman.

“Now we hope Anderson Silva will step up and fight the No. 1 contender instead of dinking around and saying they don’t turn down fights. Well then accept the fight against the No. 1 contender.”

It’s unclear at this time if Weidman will get his wish to face Silva next or if the UFC’s middleweight champion will go another route for his next fight in the Octagon.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655315960 mikerivera

    Damn, everyone but JBJ was willing to step up and take one for team UFC… disappointed in JONES

  • atmosphere

    Just for the record, I too am tossing my hat in the ring and want a crack at Jon Jones immediately.

    • Richurd Cheese

      Damn I guess you’re Sonnen and I’m Weidman, you beat me to it. See below…

  • Richurd Cheese

    I wonder if Jones would fight me on 8 days notice?

  • bajafox

    LOL, pretty sure you have to be on the UFC roster to throw your name in the hat

    • fightfankevin

      Eh, doesnt matter, Jones would duck em anyway.

  • JesseShredderMalloy

    Dang, after watching his last fight, Weidman was making me a fan. After reading this, I am a fan.

  • Triggerman99

    Good for him for offering, but stop taking every opportunity to state that you are the #1 MW contender and keep going on about how Silva’s ducking you. Its getting kind of annoying. This has nothing to do with Silva.

    • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

      Right. With all respect to Weidman but he barely beat Maia by decision and yes finished Munoz who is a beast but guys like Alves and Fitch (Yes I know both are WW’s lol) all went on big winning streaks against top guys before getting their shot. Silva has been in the UFC since 06′ breaking records. Belfort, Belcher, and Bisping have been around for a while now. Just take another fight against another top guy and shut everyone up. 9-0 getting a title shot against Silva? C’mon.

      • russelllevine

        I wish everyone would stop referencing his fight with Maia. He had to make a drastic weight cut to make that fight happen, and he was clearly gassed. The fact that he pulled out a win under those circumstances was impressive. I like Belcher and his win over Palhares was amazing, but he has yet to beat a top ten fighter in the division, so he’s the one who needs to get another win. Bisping is in the same boat (even though you could argue he beat Sonnen). Belfort just had his chance and need to work his way up again. Also, Cain got a shot at JDS after 9 Ws, though the HW division is more shallow.

  • bigwurm

    the UFC never called him ,so who gives a sheet… what i want to know is who are the guys the called and turned down the fight. and Jones is bitch…

  • muleyaddict

    Go to http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/nike-drop-jon-jones.html to sign a petition for Jon Jones to lose his Nike Sponsorship for refusing to fight Chael Sonnen and cancelling UFC 151.

  • diazfan209

    now a Weidman fan