Considering the fact the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has run roughshod through the division, dismantling every elite fighter put in front of him, it’s become harder and harder to imagine that the 205 lb. talent pool having much left for the young king after a few more fights. Factoring in the age of the still-gorwing champion, who is just 25 years old, an eventual move to heavyweight has seemed inevitable for quite some time now.
Jones took part in a MetroPCS online chat yesterday, alongside Dana White, and said that heavyweight is in his future, and surprisingly near.
“I’ll definitely move up to heavyweight, but it will probably be around 2013, maybe at the end of 2013. Right now, I have a nutritionist, and I’m starting to take the career a lot more serious than I used to, so my weight cuts are getting a lot easier.
I walk around a lot thinner, naturally, so that right now I’m like 225 (pounds). It’s like a 20-pound cut. That’s really easy. So I may look bigger than most people than I’m fighting, but I’m really not.”
With the reign of destruction “Bones” has brought to the 205 lb. division, which is a more talent rich division, it is likely the champion will put on some muscle and almost immediately meet with a top 10 opponent at heavyweight. While Jones has the right idea when it comes to eventual move, not simply walking in overweight, many fans and Dana White alike are still set on having him face middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, which the UFC President has repeatedly assured will happen. Regardless of what the future holds for Jon Jones, one can’t help but salivate at the thought of seeing him match-up with men like Daniel Cormier, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, and Junior Dos Santos.