When a fighter is regularly asked about changing weight classes, it usually means they’re either on a losing skid or they’ve cleared out a division. For UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, it’s the latter.
After defending his title for a record eighth time on Saturday by defeating Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision, Jones was again asked about the possibility of going up a the heavyweight division.
“Fighting at heavyweight would surely be to entertain the fans and it would have to be against the perfect opponent,” said the 27-year-old champion.
When asked about a potential match-up against Cormier’s training partner and UFC heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez, Jones was open to the possibility.
“To be honest, I would fight Cain Velasquez in a heartbeat. I really would. I would love to fight AKA’s best athletes and I believe I would beat them all. I believe that our team is the best team in the world,” said the Jackson’s MMA-trained fighter.
Jones considers himself a true light heavyweight and has no plans to vacate the division anytime soon. If he were to accept a bout at heavyweight, it would likely be a superfight type of situation rather than a permanent move.
“Making 205 is not a challenge for me at all. It hasn’t been a challenge for me. For a long time I’ve been criticized for being too big for my weight class. And I think it’s an excuse of people who don’t understand my success. I’m not too big for the light heavyweight division,” said Jones. “I am built the way that I’m built. I have very skinny legs. But I make weight just fine. So I am a true light heavyweight. I will be a light heavyweight for a long time.
“I really don’t even want to talk about heavyweight anymore. I’m making weight pretty good at light heavyweight,” added the champion. “And when I do go to heavyweight, it will be something me and Dana (White) talk about. And we’ll have the right opponent, and it will be for the right purse.”