For sometime now, fans and pundits have been predicting the day would come, where the light-heavyweight champ would have to look outside the 205 division for his next challenge. But, there was always the Alexander Gustafssons, the Daniel Cormiers etc, around the corner. If Jones defeats Johnson, however, there won’t be one contender in the top five he hasn’t already beaten.
Well, recently Jones attended a press event to promote all of the UFC’s upcoming, big bouts, and while discussing his future, “Bones” relayed the following (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I don’t know when I’m going to move up in weight,” Jones said. “I’ve entertained the thought of going to heavyweight so many times, and I think right now, with all due respect to Anthony, I believe I’ll win that fight and get into superfights and rematches.
“But if I do go to heavyweight, and when I do go to heavyweight, I do believe I have the skillset to beat Cain.”
How about that? Now, while Jones’ detractors might jump all over him for making that comment, there’s also plenty of people who agree with him. Jones didn’t say he would destroy the heavyweight champ, he just said he believes he can beat him. Why?
The renowned fighter went on to say that the reason he’s so confident, is because Velasquez is not a “massive” heavyweight, which is true. Jones is lengthy, and by all accounts, extremely strong 205’er, who just showed up an Olympic wrestler (Cormier) in the takedown department…So, yes, one would think Jones-Velasquez could be a very competitive and compelling fight. Here’s hoping it happens.
First things first, however, and that’s Jones-Johnson, which will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Velasquez, it should be noted, is booked to fight interim champ Fabricio Werdum on June 13th at UFC 188.