UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones is getting to the point where he’s running out of new contenders at 205 pounds. So, with Dan Henderson and Alexander Gustafsson the only true stand-outs in that department, not to mention a physique suited for larger opponents, the 25-year old has spoken in the past about moving to heavyweight at some point in his career if able to clear out his current divisional home.
Jones was asked to elaborate on his interest during a Q&A session with fans in Chicago for UFC on FOX 6 where he confirmed his plans hadn’t changed, also addressing a few specific opponents during follow-up inquiries.
“I think heavyweight is going to be prolonged until around 2014 – maybe even late this year, who knows. It’ll definitely be a fight for the fans and I would want to fight someone at the top,” said Jones on the possibility of bulking up. “I would love to fight Alistair Overeem. I would fight anybody, any time.”
“I’m just a lot smaller than those guys. I train with heavyweights all the time so I know that it would be a major challenge to fight one of those guys being the size I am right now,” he continued. “But me getting to about 235, 240…I would challenge one of those guys and have a lot of confidence.”
Though “Bones” is open to a bout with the bigger Overeem, one opponent the 17-1 Jones isn’t willing to face outside of light heavyweight is Daniel Cormier. An unbeaten former Olympian, Cormier is set to make his UFC debut in April and has called for an eventual clash with Jones on multiple occasions. Since Cormier has been open to fighting at 205, Jones plans to hold him to his words.
“That guy is gonna have to come and get me. He’s been talking all that trash – I’m going to make him cut that weight,” joked Jones on the topic of a tilt with the 11-0 Cormier.
As expected, Jones’ current focus is on looking sharp in his title-defense against Chael Sonnen and then putting his gold on the line again later in the year. Still, it looks like the heavyweight division is still on notice that a new addition is en route at some point in the near future.
The entire Q&A session can be seen below:
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