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Chris Weidman says he will not leave MMA without fighting Jon Jones

As noted earlier in the week, current UFC middleweight Champion Chris Weidman revealed on Twitter that he has an eventual plan to move to light heavyweight. During his appearance on the MMA Hour, Weidman stated that he would not leave MMA without fighting Jon Jones, who is the former UFC light heavyweight champ.

“I know for a fact, I’m not leaving this sport without fighting Jon,” Weidman said Monday on The MMA Hour. “Unless he’s not coming back at all. But if he’s there, and I’m here, people are going to want to see it happen. And I want to see it happen.”

It’s well documented that Jones was stripped of the light heavyweight title following a car accident that involved him running a red light and crashing into a pregnant lady that resulted in breaking her arm. He now faces some serious legal charges for that. The UFC had to suspend Jones as well.

“That’s nothing against Jon,” Weidman said. “It’s just because I’m a competitor. I want to fight the best possible people. I want to have the biggest challenges in front of me and conquer them.

“That’s why I wanted to fight Anderson Silva when nobody else wanted to fight him. I want the biggest challenges. I want to beat people who people think I can’t beat. And Jon is definitely going to be one of those guys.”

The UFC middleweight champion will face Luke Rockhold at UFC 194.

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