There are definitely some deserving contenders out there for “Bones” at the moment and 1-2 more on the horizon. That being said, if he is able to keep on his current pace and continue holding on to the light heavyweight championship, there’s no doubt Jones will consider bulking up to heavyweight to test his skills in the sport’s most dangerous division. He stands 6’4” and has a longer reach than every UFC heavyweight save for seven-footer Stefan Struve. He could also put on the required mass to make 235-240 without it involving a bunch of baggage.
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida’s decision to shed some pounds and compete as a middleweight sent ripples through the MMA world, giving fans and media members something new to salivate over. After all, with “The Dragon” being one of the brightest 205ers in the sport, the thought of him mixing it up against similar-sized, highly-skilled opponents is absolutely intriguing. Machida wasn’t the first UFC fighter to move divisions in hopes of finding additional success and he won’t be the last. In fact, expect a few of his notable peers to follow suit in the next twelve months. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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