Many people believe that Jon Jones could be competing in some ‘superfights’ in the near future, and it sounds like the UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion agrees.
Of course, Jones is scheduled to fight devastating striker Anthony Johnson on May 23rd, but if “Bones” is victorious at UFC 187, then what? The champion already holds wins over Alexander Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier, Rashad Evans, Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira and “Shogun” Rua. That would mean if he beats “Rumble”, then Jones will have defeated 7 of the division’s top 10 ranked, 205’ers. If that’s not cleaning out a division then what is?
Jones has talked about moving to heavyweight repeatedly in recent months, and at a recent media event, here’s what the 27 year-old had to say about the subject (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I don’t know when I’m going to move up in weight,” Jones said. “I’ve entertained the thought of going to heavyweight so many times, and I think right now, with all due respect to Anthony, I believe I’ll win that fight and get into superfights and rematches.”
Yes, few would argue that some superfights will be in order, if Jones gets by Johnson. While no one knows if the UFC would tap Jones to fight Cain Velasquez immediately, the light-heavyweight champ added he believes he could beat his heavyweight counterpart. Why?
“Cain’s a magnificent opponent,” Jones said. “My main reason for believing I’ll beat Cain is his size. He’s not one of these massive heavyweights that is just going to outweigh me and out-power me in every situation. He’s a guy that I can totally compete with; I believe I’m smart enough to compete with him.”
It’s hard to argue that it wouldn’t be a competitive fight at a minimum. Velasquez isn’t a huge heavyweight, and Jones is an extremely lengthy, and strong light-heavyweight, who also has outstanding wrestling skills. After all, we are talking about a guy who just defeated a former Olympic wrestler and heavyweight in Daniel Cormier.
Now, of course, this is all premature, not only because of Jones-Johnson, but because Velasquez is set to fight Fabricio Werdum on June 13th at UFC 188.