Once Chris Weidman spoils UFC superfight, he's happy to book one, too


chris-weidman-12.jpgMiddleweight title challenger Chris Weidman would fight Jon Jones – if the UFC asked him.

“I mean, I’ve got to beat Anderson (Silva) first,” the undefeated Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) said during a media teleconference in support of his headliner against Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) at next week’s UFC 162 event. “That’s the first big step. Whatever the UFC fans and UFC want to do and the fight they want to see, I’m definitely willing to do.”

To be clear, nobody is yet asking Weidman to step up in weight to fight the light heavyweight champ Jones, which is what Silva is expected to do if he’s victorious on July 6 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Jones, too, has to make it past Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September.)

Weidman’s chances aren’t as bad as some who’ve faced the middleweight kingpin, as betting lines indicate. But a win over Silva certainly would be one of the most significant upsets in MMA history.

It would also spoil a superfight fans are clamoring for like no other matchup in the sport. Now that welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre has indicated he won’t be fighting Silva any time soon, Jones is the most-requested matchup outside “The Spider’s” weight class. A fight between the two would be hugely successful for the UFC.

Although unrealistic, putting Weidman in Silva’s place seems the logical thing to do. And the title challenger’s answer is what you’d expect for someone with nothing to lose and everything to gain in such a scenario.

But like everyone else, Weidman isn’t exactly asking for the chance. It’s been a year since he last fought, as he first saw his house inundated by Hurricane Sandy and then got injured in preparation for a title eliminator this past December. Next week is the biggest fight of his career, against the best fighter in the world. If anything, the New York native might be asking for the services of a mental coach to help him rise to the considerable challenge.

“I think if I let all that stuff get in my mind, it would definitely get to me,” he said. “But I think I’m really focused on this fight. I don’t need a mental coach. If I had a mental coach, it would be (striking coach) Ray Longo. I speak to him every day.

“As far as a psychologist, I’m good. I have a psychology degree, so that might help a little bit. I just know what type of mindset I need to have to walk in that cage, and I visualize the fight every day and all day long. The biggest thing is to stay confident and stay relaxed, and just make sure I dictate my fight when I get in there.

“I’m pretty good with having a strong mindset and not letting things get to me. I think I got a little ADD, so I can’t focus on too many things at the same time.”

For more on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 views

If all goes according to plan, this year's UFC Memorial Day card is shaping up to be one of the biggest of the year. As reported on Wednesday night's edition of UFC Tonight, two title fights are offi read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 5 views

This year's Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Memorial Day weekend card is shaping up to be one of the biggest of the year ... one filed to the brim with star power. On Wednesday's edition of "UFC read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 31 views

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is not convinced about the need for interim titles. read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 5 views

The UFC middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Vitor Belfort has been moved to UFC 187, according to various reports on Wednesday. read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC is planning some fireworks for its annual Memorial Day weekend event. Dana White's company announced its headliners for UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas, confirming that there will be a pair of tit read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 8 views

The heavily anticipated UFC middleweight title fight between champ Chris Weidman and top contender Vitor Belfort that was supposed to take place next week appears to have a new home. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 57 views

Several days after UFC 184 lost its main event, it's still unclear whether Vitor Belfort will remain on the Feb. 28 pay-per-view and vie for an interim UFC middleweight title rather than fight reigni read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

"The Phenom" agrees with you, Chris. Chris Weidman isn't a big fan of interim title fights ... especially those that have to do with his middleweight belt. "All American" recently appeared on "The MM read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 6 views

The heavily anticipated UFC middleweight title fight between champ Chris Weidman and top contender Vitor Belfort that was supposed to take place next week appears to have a new home. Filed under: Fea read news >>