UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones made it known Monday during a conference call for UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen that he could be two 205-pound bouts away from a move.
Jones, who will face Chael Sonnen on Saturday, would tie the division record for successful defenses of the belt with a win. After that, a return in November – and a victory – could establish a new mark ahead of the one set by Tito Ortiz.
“I’ve been contemplating first tying Tito Ortiz. Then establishing that record for most wins in my next fight, maybe in November,” Jones said. “After that fight in November, entertaining super-fights and heavyweight fights.”
He wouldn’t go into any further detail in regards to a potential match with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, leaving the statement as it was put.
Jones has toppled the likes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort since winning the title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – a who’s who at 205 pounds. Adding Sonnen would be just another mark, despite his challengers best efforts to goat him into a verbal war.
“I can’t afford to worry or feel any type of feelings about (Sonnen) being kind,” he said. “Someone’s trying to take away my dream. The thought of going home without my belt keeps me angry.”