Jon Jones spoke to ESPN about his thoughts on a move up to the heavyweight and division and the current state of his rivalry with its champ Daniel Cormier.
It’s easy to forget that Jon Jones is still just 31-years-old.
After a decade spent fighting the best of the best in the UFC, the man has shown no signs of slowing down in the slightest and his most recent run of form has proven that he is very much still a work in progress.
Light-heavyweight has been his one and only home in the sport since his career started all those years ago and now, with his greatness proven beyond any doubt, one of the nagging questions that surrounds him at this point is whether he can hang with the heavyweights.
Speaking in a recent interview with ESPN, the light-heavyweight champion explained his thoughts on testing himself against the bigger men of the heavyweight division at some point in the near future.
“I am interested in fighting at heavyweight but I’m also aware that there’s a lot of work to be done in the light heavyweight division. There’s a lot of big fights that people want to see me have in the light heavyweight division so there’s really no need for me to go to heavyweight.
“I’m doing well where I’m at, I’m making weight really easily and I feel like when the UFC approaches me about a fight they feel will be a megafight and they come with the numbers that would make sense for me to do that, I’ll totally do it. But right now the UFC I think is happy with me being a dominant light heavyweight champion and like we said, there’s a lot of really great new challenges.
“So there’s a lot of work to be done where I’m at and it’s gonna take that chequebook for me to bounce up to heavyweight.”
As for his great rival Daniel Cormier, Jones expressed his confusion over the very fact that the fight is in such demand – given what happened on both occasions when they fought in the past.
“There’s still a lot of interest in me fighting Daniel Cormier for some reason. I don’t really know what it is.
“The first time I won by unanimous decision and the second time I won by knockout so I don’t know why people want to see us fight again so bad but at heavyweight I guess that would add a few different factors.
“So yeah, if that’s the fight the world wants to see, I know one thing about the UFC, we give the fans what they want.”