UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman is fairly certain he’ll be facing former divisional king Anderson Silva again before any other opponent but, for the sake of discussion, he’s definitely entertaining other potential options. Heavy-handed Brazilian Vitor Belfort is undoubtedly the most deserving contender on deck for Weidman, though there are also a few other match-ups that could surface at some point in the future

In a recent interview with ESPN, Weidman gave his thoughts on Belfort as well as other fighters including light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

On Vitor Belfort:

“Tough guy. I would say he’s the No. 1 contender right now. If I wasn’t fighting Anderson Silva in a rematch, I’d probably be fighting him.”

On Michael Bisping:

“Another tough guy. I would love to fight Bisping, to be honest with you. That would be a great fight for me.”

On Ronaldo Souza:

“Really good jiu-jitsu, good standup. He’s another tough guy, I think. All of these guys would be great challenges, and I would really love to entertain them.”

On Georges St-Pierre/Jon Jones:

“Definitely not against GSP. First off, I would never call out someone who was a lot smaller than me. I’ve trained with him before, and he’s just a smaller guy. I’m not the type of guy who is going to be like, Hey, you want to fight? I’ve got Anderson Silva on my mind, but if the fans wanted to see that fight [against Jones] and the UFC wanted it to happen, I’m 1000 percent in. I asked to fight Jon Jones on 10 days’ notice back when Dan Henderson got hurt. But I wasn’t a big enough name at that point, so they were like, no.”


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