When a UFC champion rules a division for an extended period of time, observers of the sport begin to speculate on how said champion would fare if they changed weight classes.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has entered that territory.
Jones (17-1) has been champion since March 2011 and has successfully defended his title four times while defeating five former UFC title-holders in a row. That type of dominance, paired with Jones’ colossal stature for the weight class, begs questions about a future move to the heavyweight division for the 25-year-old, who claims he is still growing into his body.
“Bones” is aware there are only so many hurdles left to clear at 205-pounds before a move to heavyweight is imminent. In fact, Jones envisions a move to heavyweight before the year 2013 comes to an end.
“I’ll definitely move up to heavyweight,” Jones said on a recent MetroPCS fan chat. “But it will probably be around 2013, maybe at the end of 2013.”
The New York native, who is currently in Las Vegas filming ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality show with his next opponent Chael Sonnen, believes he still has some work to do in the light heavyweight division; and despite appearing physically larger than most of the fighters in his weight class, Jones claims he is not.
“Right now I have a nutritionist and I’m starting to take the career a lot more serious than I used to, so the weight cuts are getting a lot easier,” Jones said. “A walk a lot thinner now naturally – so right now I’m like 225, you know that’s a 20-pound cut that’s really easy so, I might look bigger than most people when I’m fighting but I’m really not.”
Jones was asked on the chat about a potential fight with UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. While he didn’t directly turn down the possibility, Jones brushed off the question stating he is confortable with his current position.
“[Junior dos Santos] is a heavyweight right now, I’m a light heavyweight, doing well at light heavyweight, no reason to change it up. If it’s not broke don’t fix it.