Jon Jones (17-1) will continue to dominate the light heavyweight division for a little bit longer until he moves up to a heavyweight. UFC president Dana White spoke to reporters at the headquarters of Zuffa, where he said that he thinks Jones should be a heavyweight in less than two years.
“I think he has a few fights before, but I would say with certainty that in a year and a half or two he probably will be a heavyweight,” said White.
White said that Jones will fight Chael Sonnen (27-12-2) first, as they are coaching opposite one another on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. He expects Jones to then face the winner of Dan Henderson (29-8) vs. Lyoto Machida (18-3) and have at least a third light heavyweight fight. White then said the plan was to meet Anderson Silva (33-4) before moving up a weight class.
Jones is known as being the youngest champion in UFC history and has defended his belt four times against past UFC title holders. Jones’ only loss came by disqualification after hitting Matt Hamill (11-4) with illegal shots.
Jones meets Sonnen on April 27 from New Jersey in a venue not disclosed.