At long last, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is scheduled to return to the cage. The heavyweight legend is set to take on former title challenger Francis Ngannou at UFC Phoenix on February 17.
If Velasquez is able to topple the fearsome Ngannou — not a certainty by any means — it’ll open the door to other huge fights in the ever dangerous UFC heavyweight division. Of all the fights that would become available to him, it’s arguable that none would be as big as a super fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Fans have been clamoring for a Cain Velasquez vs. Jon Jones fight for years, and from the sounds of it, the former is up for the challenge.
“I hope so,” Velasquez told MMA Fighting of this potential fight this week. “I’ll try to make that happen.”
While Cain Velasquez says he’d happily welcome Jon Jones to the heavyweight division, Jones does not appear to be in any rush to move up a weight class.
Speaking to BJPENN.com this week, Jones’s coach Mike Winkeljohn stated that the light heavyweight champ will probably focus on defending his light heavyweight title for the time being.
“I say somewhere down the line,” Winkeljohn said of this potential move. “Somewhere in the future. Jon, I think will just continue to clean out the light heavyweight division for the moment. I don’t think there is a plan to move up to heavyweight at the moment. It is all about the money and the right fights. That is something Jon, his manager, and the team would discuss. I think he stays at light heavyweight for a while, keeps cleaning house, and puts the fear of God in everybody.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/9/2019.