Ever since Jon Jones became light heavyweight champion in 2011, there has been talk of him moving up to fight at heavyweight, and challenging Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title. Jones certainly has the frame for it, as his 84.5 inch reach is longest of any UFC fighter. Sadly, you won’t be seeing a super fight between the two baddest men on the planet anytime soon.
On the UFC 172 conference call, Jones put the idea of moving up in weight on the back burner.
“I have no interest at this point (in fighting Cain Velasquez)”, Jones said when asked if he planned on remaining at light heavyweight.
There was a period of time where it looked like Jones had cleaned out the 205-pound division. He had taken the title from Shogun, then defeated four former champions in a row in Rampage, Machida, Evans, and Belfort. After his most recent title fight however, a five-round instant classic against Alexander Gustafsson, there seems to be no shortage of intriguing matchups for the champion in his current division.
“There’s a lot of great competition for me to test myself against.” Jones said. “Glover Teixeira obviously being first on that agenda. What a great challenge he will be.”
Waiting in the wings for the winner of UFC 172’s main event between Jones and Teixeira is the #1 ranked Gustafsson, who gave Jones the fight of his career at UFC 165. The Swede rebounded from that narrow defeat with a second-round TKO over Jimi Manuwa in London back in March. The horizon doesn’t stop with Gustaffson, as Daniel Cormier is still undefeated and has his sights on Jones and the title.
“People are interested in rematches. I’ve got Phil Davis saying he’s going to crumple me like a cookie. Lots of competition left for me (at light heavyweight), and I’m excited to meet them all.”
With so many contenders gunning for Jones and his title, he seems content to rule over his current division. And just like that, another champion vs. champion super fight disappears before our very eyes.