Jon Jones wants to fight at Heavyweight in 2012, UFC says noPosted on February 1, 2012, 01:55 PM by Joey Santosus
"I actually asked Dana and Lorenzo, could I take a fight (at Heavyweight) for the fans at the end of 2012. I figured beating Henderson and Rashad, there would be a period where we'd figure out who I'm going to fight next, and during that period, at the end of 2012, I asked to fight a Heavyweight - a Top 10 Heavyweight. Dana and Lorenzo didn't think that was the best for me to do right now. They wanted me to continue at the Light Heavyweight division. ... They said they didn't want that for me." - For more from Jon Jones' appearance on "The MMA Hour," visit MMAFighting.com
After an impressive 2011, Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones had big plans for 2012 - at least, that was until the UFC brass stunted his growth.
According to Jones, once he's knocked-off of top contenders Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson, he'd like to spread his gigantic wingspan and soar through the Heavyweight division. However, after pitching the idea to the bosses, "Bones" says that he was denied flight by UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.
At 6-foot-4, with a UFC record 84.5 inch reach, many, including Jones himself, expect a future at Heavyweight to be a part of the 24-year-old's natural progression as a fighter. And while an eventual jump in weight classes may be inevitable for the champ, it appears White and Fertitta aren't in any hurry to see that happen. But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Is Jonny Bones ready for the Heavyweight elite, or does the UFC know what's best?
Further Reading: Bones vs. Suga: Who will become the best Light Heavyweight in MMA history?
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