UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who was unsuccessful in his bid to dethrone light heavyweight kingpin Jan Blachowicz, is expected to make his next title defense in a rematch against former champion Robert Whittaker.
And if you turn down “The Reaper” a second time, top contender Marvin Vettori will no doubt be waiting behind the scenes.
Unfortunately for “The Last Stylebender,” back-to-back wins over Whittaker and Vettori only bring him closer to the most dangerous fight of all, a five-round showdown against former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Who happens to know a thing or two about upsetting the 185-pound apple cart.
“Seeing that (Blachowicz) fight, seeing how a strong guy was able to get through it and get the takedowns, it definitely reaffirmed the thoughts he had on that fight,” Weidman (15-5) told reporters (via MMA Junkie). “Having said that, I have work to do. I have Uriah Hall. I don’t expect to fight Adesanya next. I know I’m a bad match for him, and when he can prove it to everyone, people will want to see it. “
The first leg of that journey begins with his Uriah Hall rematch, which takes place at UFC 261’s pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday. night (April 24, 2021) inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Weidman previously defeated “Prime Time” under the Ring of Combat banner in late 2010.
After that, 36-year-old “All American” will set his sights on a “big name.”
“I don’t expect it to be right after this Uriah Hall fight, I hope to fight another big name after that, and if another is needed, another is needed,” Weidman continued. “But I think winning two fights in a spectacular way and I can show my potential, I think people are going to want to see me fight for the title.”
Jon Jones is undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief.