Newly-minted 23-year old UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has inspired so much awe and intrigue through his stellar UFC performances that many are already writing off the current contenders in that division as even having a chance against “Bones.”
As a result of that and spurred on by previous comments Jones has made to the effect that he would be willing to try his skills at heavyweight as he gets older and fills out more, it is becoming a slight trend to forecast Jones fighting against the big men. In a recent interview with The MMA Digest, the champion of the big men, Cain Velasquez, was asked his opinion on Jones and what he thinks about a fight between himself and the wunderkind.
“That’d be great man,” Velasquez said of fighting Jones. “I think he’s a really talented fighter, he’s impressive to watch, definitely. I mean, but right now, my focus is on getting 100 percent for myself. As far as fighting right now, it seems so far away because I’m trying just get to the gym and trying to train. But, he’s talented, he’s looks good in all his fights. He seems tough to beat, definitely.”
Velasquez is focusing on recovering from intensive shoulder surgery which was undergone to repair an injury he sustained in his title-winning October fight against Brock Lesnar.
Velasquez has enjoyed a rise to prominence similar to that of Jones, having spent most of his professional career in the UFC pulling off increasingly more impressive performances as his career has progressed. The champ has gone 9-0 as a professional and has been touted as something of a prodigy by his coaches and teammates at the American Kickboxing Academy. A super fight between himself and Jones would certainly draw eyes.