Jon Jones is set to once again defend his light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 239 when he takes on Thiago Santos. “Bones” is coming off of a decision win at UFC 235 over Anthony Smith to defend his title.
There is no question the Brazilian will be a tough fight for Jones. Santos has tremendous knockout power, which he has showcased since making the move up to light heavyweight.
With that said, the champ is confident that if he sticks to the game plan, he will hear ‘And Still’ this July.
“Really just be who we are. Be who we are,” Jones said in a recent interview with BT Sport (transcript via TheBodyLock). “You know, Thiago is a very game opponent, aggressive guy, strong guy. I’m sure he’s extremely hungry.”
“But I know that I’m a tall feat. I’m a tall mountain to climb. And I just have to be who I am and don’t change anything really.”
Although Jones is clearly focused on his upcoming fight with Santos, the question of if or when he will move up to heavyweight is always there. His rival Daniel Cormier is the current heavyweight champion, and a trilogy bout between the pair seem inevitable. But, for Jon Jones, he believes he has three more fights at 205 pounds before he thinks of making the move.
“I’m thinking at least three more. The UFC has been kind of whispering after Thiago Santos, Luke Rockhold possibly. And then, I’d imagine Johnny Walker is going to be in that mix as well. So I think I got three really tough fights ahead of me before moving up.”
Rockhold is the former middleweight champion and is set to make his light heavyweight debut when he takes on Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239. Meanwhile, Johnny Walker has looked nothing short of phenomenal since joint the promotion. Johnny is full of confidence and believes he could beat Jones right now.
For now, Jones seems adamant to stay at light heavyweight but the possibility of heavyweight will always be there.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/17/2019