After Chris Weidman’s dismantling of long-time middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162, an immediate rematch was set in place. Silva, who many believe to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time, will have the opportunity to prove that his loss to Weidman was a fluke on December 28, 2013, at UFC 168.
If the New York native defeats Silva once more, many questions, undoubtedly, will arise. One of them will more than likely revolve around Weidman facing the light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. In an interview with ESPN, regarding a potential Jones/Weidman match-up, the new middleweight champion stated:
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 ten days notice back when Dan Henderson got hurt. But I wasn’t a big enough name at that point, so they were like, ‘no’.
A fight between Weidman and the man whom everyone desired to see Silva face (Jones) would make sense. Leading up to UFC 162, there was talk in the world of MMA regarding a super fight between Silva and Jones. In his comments to UFC president Dana White, Weidman stated, "I talked to Chris Weidman myself. Guy looks me right in the eye and says, ‘I’m telling you, I apologize that I’m going to (expletive) up all your super fights.’"
Another triumph over Silva would, indeed, lead to the deterioration of any super fight between Silva and Jones. Weidman could seize the immense opportunity and face off against Silva’s younger counterpart and future UFC Hall of Famer in Jones. Given that, the New Yorker may be just one win away from a bout with the pound-for-pound kingpin, and two wins away from making history.