Jon Jones Says Move to Heavyweight is Likely for Late 2013
While participating in an on-line chat courtesy of Metro PCS on Tuesday night, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones told fans that he believes he will begin competing in the heavyweight division sometime at the end of 2013.
The 25-year-old Jones has dominated the 205lb. division due to unbelievable athleticism, fantastic wrestling, unorthodox striking and an 84.5″ reach that he uses to perfection. Jones says he walks around at 225lbs., and that cutting the 20lbs. to make it to the light heavyweight limit is not a difficult task right now.
As Bones gets older the weight cut will become harder, but another issue is finding suitable opponents for him to defend his light heavyweight title against. He will face Chael Sonnen in April after the two coach opposite one another on the upcoming season of TUF, but Sonnen hasn’t fought at 205 since October of 2005.
Jones has defeated five former UFC champions in a row and the only fighter out there who people feel can give him a run at 205 is Alexander Gustafsson who will face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC on Fox 5 in December.
Daniel Cormier has been mentioned as a possible challenger,but until he makes the decision to fight in the light heavyweight division, Jones will probably face recycled opponents until he does make the move to heavyweight.
Fights with current heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, former champion Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem are just a few of the intriguing possibilities that wait for him in the heavyweight division.