Despite a lasting sentiment among many that he lost his UFC 165 bout to Alexander Gustafsson, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has cut a path through a laundry list of the best 205-pound fighters in the world since obtaining the belt in early 2011.
So much so that many have called for Jones to eventually make the move up to heavyweight to face bigger, stronger opponents. “Bones” still has to get past surging No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 this April, but if he does, he’s not opposed to a move up to heavyweight for some big fights.
And even though UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has recently discussed moving up to 205 pounds in order to face Jones, “The All-American” still has a lot of work to do. Speaking on last night’s “Inside MMA” on AXS TV, Jones clarified his view that there’s only one super fight that makes sense for him right now:
“A lot of people are starting to mention Chris Weidman’s name, and I think in order for it to be a super fight, Chris Weidman needs to get his name a little bit bigger and prove himself against some other world champions. With that being said, I think that Cain Velasquez is the only guy that would actually be considered a super fight.”
Jones has teased a fight with Velasquez before, but that bout is most likely very far off in the future, if it ever happens at all. Velasquez is on the shelf recovering from shoulder surgery while his two nearest challengers Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum wait to duke it out for the No. 1 contender’s spot at UFC on FOX 11, also in April.
It’s going to take awhile for Velasquez to return and face the winner of that bout, so a super fight with Jones is probably far in the back of the heavyweight champ’s mind.
As for Weidman, the hits won’t stop coming as he’s set to square off with the bulldozing Vitor Belfort at UFC 173 on May 24. If and when he gets by “The Phenom,” he could be matched up with Lyoto Machida provided “The Dragon” defeats Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night 36 next Saturday.
All of the sudden, middleweight has become very dangerous at the top. Given Jones’ relative dominance, the same can hardly be said about light heavyweight.
Do you give “Bones” much of a chance if he finds himself in a fight with the dominant Velasquez?