UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has long talked openly about his desire to eventually move up to heavyweight. During a recent fan Q & A, "Bones" revealed that he plans to make a permanent move to the division within two years but also that he hopes to get a super fight with heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez sooner than that.
"I think that’s going to happen within the next two years - I’ll go up to heavyweight, permanently," Jones said.
"But I am looking to take a super fight sooner or later, within the next year. So, yeah I’m excited for it. I’ve been really thinking about me and Cain Velasquez going at it. It would be huge for the sport. He’s definitely the toughest guy in that division, and he’s not that big, so I think it would a really entertaining fight. Don’t be surprised if you see that sooner or later."
Jones went on to say that to fight Velasquesz, he'd add about ten pounds of muscle to his current walking around weight of 230 pounds. Jones is currently nursing injuries and won't return to training until the new year.
At some point this spring, he is expected to defend his light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira. Jones last fought and narrowly won a controversial decision against Alexander Gustafsson in September.
Gustafsson fights Jimi Manua next. Should he and Jones both win, Jones may have that rematch to look forward to before moving up to heavyweight. After that, of course, is Jones' plan to retire by 30.
What do you think? Should Jones move up to heavyweight and do you think he'd stand a chance against Cain Velasquz?
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