Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman announced recently that his next fight will take place in the 205-pound division. Although it's unlikely light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones will be Weidman's first opponent, "All American" didn't shy away from how he matches up against "Bones."
"I think my wrestling and jiu-jitsu, on paper, is better than his," Weidman said in a media scrum backstage at UFC 238. "The way he's able to mix it up so well on the feet and then trick you with his standup and also look for takedowns, the way he uses his elbows and knees ... we haven't seen a guy do it as well as him. So I give him 100 percent props. But if I'm able to drag it into what I'm great at, I think I bring a serious problem. And also my pace, my pace is something that I think I really bring to the table. I don't know if a lot of 205-pounders can hold up to that."
Weidman (14-4) has lost four of his last five fights, including a TKO setback to Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza at UFC 230 in November. The 34-year-old captured the middleweight title in July 2013 after knocking out Anderson Silva at UFC 162. Weidman went undefeated for 13 straight fights before losing his belt to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194.
The Serra-Longo product is also open to a rematch with Rockhold, who himself is making his light heavyweight debut at UFC 239 on July 7.
"I've had a few losses, but the first one is the one you always look back to. (Rockhold) I would love a rematch," Weidman said. "I don't know if that's going to be my first fight at 205, but I definitely see us crossing paths again."
Weidman is targeting a return in the fall to make his 205-pound debut. Watch the full media scrum with Weidman below and subscribe to theScoreMMA Youtube channel here.