Jon Jones wants a top three Light Heavyweight or a shot at James ToneyPosted on August 2, 2010, 07:16 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC light heavyweight Jon "Bones" Jones once again showed why he is the most highly regarded prospect in mixed martial arts this past Sunday, dismantling seasoned veteran Vladimir Matyushenko in less than two minutes into their UFC on Versus 2 match-up. Jones earned a TKO victory at 1:52 of the opening round after mounting "The Janitor" in the crucifix position and raining down a series of well-placed elbows. The 23 year old's win over Matyushenko marks his fifth since joining the UFC, with his only loss coming by way of a controversial disqualification against Matt Hamill.
While many consider him the future of MMA, Jones feels there is no time like the present. At the event's post fight press conference the young star spoke in regards to his progress and what steps he would like to take next in his career.
"Every opponent I've had are really tough guys. Right now, I'm passing these tests with flying colors. I really don't want to sound arrogant, so I've got to be careful the way I word this, but I want to fight someone who's really going to give me a really tough test ... I want to fight someone who's supposedly much better than me," said Jones.
When asked who he felt that someone could be, he explained, "Well, there's the champion (Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua), and he's the toughest guy right now. He's very well-rounded. He's a great striker. Just like the top three contenders. I really want to push myself against the No. 1, 2 and 3 guys now. I really feel like that needs to happen. The top three guys are the guys I'd like to fight – except for (teammate) Rashad (Evans), obviously."
With "Bones" justifiably eager to take a step up in competition, he is not opposed to the idea of stepping up in divisions."I got up to about 231 (pounds) this time around, and today I performed around 226 (pounds), so this is the heaviest I've ever performed at, and I felt as if I was just as fast. Randy Couture, he bumps up to heavyweight all the time, and he always looks very impressive against the slower guy," Jones explained.
While this is not the first time Jones has entertained the idea of alternating weight classes, he may have found a good reason for the temporary shift after disparaging remarks were made by one of the promotion's newest additions. "And now I actually have a heavyweight that I wouldn't mind fighting. That's James Toney – 'Mr. I'm going to slap Jon in the face.' I'd bump up for that fight any day," Jones said with a grin.
Whoever the Light Heavyweight phenom faces next, UFC president Dana White has assured it will be one of the division's top eight contenders. Although Jones may have had his focus set a little higher up the ladder, a follow up victory over a top-ten opponent will make his campaign for a title shot tough to deny.