For years, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been unable to escape questions about “super fights” in the Octagon after he has seemingly dismantled every 185-pound fighter the promotion threw at him.
Now that same problem is falling squarely on the shoulders of the man primed to take his spot as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world when Silva walks away from fighting.
Jon Jones has already defined himself as the top light heavyweight in the sport, but as he approaches his UFC 151 showdown with Dan Henderson, he can't quite slip away from the “super fight” questions or his desire to compete at a different weight class.
Make no mistake, Jones is focused on the task at hand because Dan Henderson is as formidable an opponent as he's faced in his young MMA career, but even he admits there are new opportunities on the horizon.
He's just not planning on tackling those goals for a few years.
“I've put thought into it and, like I said, not to be cliché, but Dan Henderson is my main priority and focus, but I have a lot of years left in fighting. Coming up to heavyweight is something I'd like to do maybe in the next two or three years,” Jones said in a recent Fuel TV interview.
“2013 or 2014; it would be cool.”
Jones has long hinted at a move to heavyweight and at 25 years of age, he's still growing into his long six-foot-four-inch frame. With two brothers already playing defensive end in the NFL, the Jones family is no stranger to packing on size to go along with height.
Of course, Jones first wants to smash and decimate every light heavyweight contender in the division, but if he continues down the same path of destruction he's been walking, the heavyweight division might come calling sooner rather than later.
- Dan Henderson