Jon Jones is never one to be stuck in the present, recently stating that he has interest in a future fight with UFC Heavyweight Champ Cain Velasquez.
“I’ve really been thinking about me and Cain Velasquez going at it. I think that would be huge for the sport. He’s definitely the toughest guy in the division and he’s not that big, so I think it would be a really entertaining fight. So don’t be surprised if you see that sooner or later.”
A potential move up to heavyweight has long been discussed for Jones, thanks to both his large frame and his completely dominant reign as champion. And the move may happen sooner than we think:
“I think that’s going to happen in the next two years,” he said. “I’ll go up to heavyweight permanently. I’m looking to take a super fight sooner or later, within the next year.
That’s not to say Jones has no challenges left at 205, however. He has a fight with contender Glover Teixeira lined up for him after he returns from being sidelined due to injury, as well as potential fights down the road against men like Daniel Cormier and Phil Davis. However, most people believe that the most interesting match for him at 205 is not a new challenger, but one he’s already fought: Alexander Gustafsson, the man that some think actually should have had his hand raised in the first fight between the two. Jones believes that the UFC is pushing particularly hard for this match, and is giving the Swede an easy road back to the belt:
“I think the UFC really wants to see me and Alexander Gustafsson rematch really bad, and they really gave him a really easy path back to the belt,” Jones said. “Without being disrespectful to Jimi, Jimi’s not a top 10 fighter, so I don’t see how you’re going to fight a guy not in the top 10 to get another world championship fight. It just doesn’t make sense.”