Chris Weidman, following a bit in the footsteps of his Serra-Longo teammate Al Iaquinta, directed a message towards the fans of UFC 187 Saturday night.
Weidman, who had just finished Vitor Belfort to retain his UFC middleweight title, told everyone in attendance and watching around the world that they needed to either get on his team now, or risk being left off.
The unbeaten champion discussed his words during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 1.
“It’s frustrating. I’ve beat Anderson Silva twice and Lyoto Machida and now Vitor,” he said, of being called an underrated champion. “It keeps me working hard and motivates me. You’re either joining the team now or you’re not.
“I want to become the greatest of all time. I want to retire undefeated. I want to dominate this class and maybe move up some day. I keep winning and people will start supporting.”
Weidman’s next fight is likely to be against either Luke Rockhold or Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, as both former Strikeforce champions have positioned themselves as contenders. For “The All-American,” all that matters is that it takes place in New York Cty.
Currently, the UFC is still working to get professional MMA passed in New York.
“Both of those guys are very good, but I think I’m on another level than both of them and I want to showcase that,” he said. “I feel like this is just the beginning for me. I’m just starting to show what I have. All I really want to do is fight at MSG (Madison Square Garden) in New York.”