Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light-heavyweight king Jon “Bones” Jones does not want to fight Chris Weidman in a champion vs. champion showdown because he does not think the middleweight kingpin has earned that right.
Jones will be defending his belt against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 this April, but has said he is open to a potential super-fight against another UFC champion.
“A lot of people are starting to mention Chris Weidman’s name,” Jones said in an interview with AXS TV.
Weidman burst into the scene last year when he stunned longtime UFC pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva in June to claim the middleweight title, then defended it successfully in December when Silva broke his leg in the second round of their rematch.
Weidman’s two victories over Silva are apparently not enough for Jones, however.
“I think in order for it to be a ‘super fight,’ Chris Weidman needs to get his name a little bit bigger, and prove himself against some other world champions,” said Jones.
“That being said, I think Cain Velasquez would be the only guy that would be considered a ‘super fight,’” added Jones, referring to the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion.
If Jones is successful against Teixeira, then Weidman still has the chance to get the light-heavyweight champion to change his mind. The “All American” will defend the middleweight belt for the second time in May against Brazilian Vitor Belfort.