There is no question Jon Jones is one of the most compelling talents currently competing at light heavyweight, let alone in Mixed Martial Arts. At 11-1, with the only blemish being a disqualification after landing an illegal elbow in the process of finishing Matt Hamill a year ago, “Bones” has rapidly moved his way up the contendership ladder with back-to-back TKOs in the first round against Brandon Vera and Vladimir Matyushenko.
With a scheduled fight against undefeated 205-pounder Ryan Bader on February 5 in Las Vegas including a possible title-shot if he notches the twelfth victory of his career at UFC 126, Jones has of things to look forward to at the moment not to mention the possibility of a move to heavyweight at some point down the road. In fact, according to the 23-year old himself, a change in divisions may not actually be too far off.
Jones took to his Twitter to address the issue after mentioning he was currently walking around at 227 lbs. while teasing that he may still be growing into his “adult frame”.
On the subject of heavyweight, the dynamic New Yorker replied, “I can see that happening in 2012.”
Though it’s impossible to tell how the next 12-18 months will unfold, it isn’t difficult to envision the 6’4” Jones finding success in the weight-class given his abilities, athleticism, age, and the notion current champ Cain Velasquez is three inches shorter and weighed in less than twenty pounds heavier for his title-winning fight against Brock Lesnar than “Bones” measures in at presently.
The well-rounded Greg Jackson-trained competitor has finished nine of the eleven opponents he’s beaten and has not seen the judges’ scorecards since January 2009. In addition to Vera and Matyushenko, Jones also holds wins in the Octagon over Stephan Bonnar, Andre Gusmao, and Jake O’Brien.
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