UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones hopes to fight four times in 2012 following a busy 2011 that also saw him fight four times, including winning the title on short-notice from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and defending it over former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida.
Jones had planned on taking up to five months off to start the year after submitting Machida at UFC 140 in December, but recently told ESPN that he now hopes to fight three or four times this year.
“My goal is to finish every fight in 2012. If I do that, a lot of other things will fall into place naturally. I want to finish every opponent,” Jones said “I’ve been thinking recently about trying to compete four times in the year again. I grew so much as a person that by doing that again in 2012 will just make me a better athlete.
“Originally I said I wanted to take off four or five months, but I may reconsider and come back sooner and have three or four fights this year.”
Jones’ next challenger will likely be decided when former champ Rashad Evans and undefeated prospect Phil Davis meet in the main event of UFC on Fox 2 on January 28.
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