"Bones" on Cormier: I’m going to make him cut that weight
The idea of Jon Jones at heavyweight has been tossed around by fans and the fighter himself for quite sometime. Now according to the light heavyweight champion, it may come sooner than you think.
"Bones" attended the UFC on FOX 6 Fan Q&A and stated that the move to heavyweight is in his sights:
“I have a nutritionist now so I’ve been making weight a lot easier, staying in shape when I’m off season and things like that. So I think heavyweight was going to be prolonged until 2014, maybe late this year, who knows. It definitely would be a fight for the fans and I would want to fight some one as a top contender,”
"I would love to face (Alistair Overeem). I would fight anybody, any time. I'm just a lot smaller than those guys. I know that it would be a major challenge to fight one of those guys being the size I am right now."
With potential bouts with Henderson, Mousasi, Teixeria, and Gustafsson, a transition to heavyweight may actually take longer than Jones thinks. The light-heavyweight landscape is way to large at the moment for Jones to predict what's next for him. One could even argue that with much left to prove in the already stacked division, a move to heavyweight may not even come till 2015.
However, at the rate he is going in the dismantling of opponents, the idea and calling for Jones to switch will become great. In fact, if "Bones" is able to defeat Chael Sonnen at UFC 159, he will have tied Tito Ortiz's record for most successful light heavyweight defenses. A win after that could even solidify him as the best light-heavyweight ever, if he hasn't already.
However, when Daniel Cormier was brought up, Jones stated that was one heavyweight who would have to come to 205 lbs to fight him:
“That guy’s gonna have to come and get me,” said Jones about Cormier. “He’s been talking all this trash, I’m going to make him cut that weight.”
Between Cormier, the light heavyweight contenders, Anderson Silva, and heavyweight, it seems as though Jon Jones will have his MMA plate full. Yet for a man as young as he is (25), and with as much as he has already accomplished, it would seem that the potential for him as a fighter is truly unbound.
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