News came out today that current UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman would welcome the move up to light heavyweight.
Right now, the 185-pound division is exciting. There’s a lot of guys and a lot of match ups that people want to see me against. So those are the fights I’m going to fight. But if it comes to the point where ’85 looks a little stale, I have no problem going to 205. I want to clear out the middleweight division, and then fight the best at 205 and show the world what I can do.
As I’ve said before, there seems to be a new wave within the MMA community that focuses on supposed “dream fights” between fighters in different divisions, instead focusing on legitimate fights in a division. Now, I’m not blaming the current champ for this, he was asked a question and honestly answered it. I do, however, question this constant need to see fighters cross divisions. Would I love to see Chris Weidman battle it out with Jon Jones? Sure, but not yet. Weidman has done something no one in the UFC could do; he dethroned the legend that was Anderson Silva, and could have possibly sent him into retirement.
Even with his success against Silva, Weidman still has his detractors. They feel that his wins over Silva still have a cloud over them, that Weidman has never beaten the true Anderson Silva. This being said, it seems outlandish that Weidman would even consider moving up in weight when his reign has been dogged with questions. He has the chance to clear everything up with a decisive victory over the undisputed number one contender, Vitor Belfort at UFC 173. If the champion successfully defends his title, there are still plenty of interesting and fresh fights out there for him, with legitimate threats to his title. With all do respect to the champion, he’s not Jose Aldo or Renan Barao, who have seemingly cleared out their divisions.
Potential fight with Jacare Souza, Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, a returning Anderson Silva are all on the cards for Weidman assuming he continues to be undefeated.
Move to 205?
Maybe in a few years.
Until then, Weidman needs to focus on the task at hand. Otherwise, he could find himself going from champion to contender, in the blink of an eye.