UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will one day be a heavyweight, but it won’t be in 2012.
Jones flirted with the idea and has commented in the past that as he gets older and his body continues to develop, he sees heavyweight as a viable home.
He even mentioned in a recent interview that he offered to go up to heavyweight, but the UFC threw water on that idea, and UFC President Dana White confirmed as much on Thursday.
“I’m not really interested in him fighting at heavyweight this year,” White said at the UFC 143 pre-fight press conference on Thursday. “He’s at 205, there’s still guys there to fight. He’s very young.”
Jones will next compete at UFC 145 on April 21 in Atlanta against long time rival Rashad Evans. If he gets past Evans, Jones could still potentially face former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson later this year as well.
If successful in both of those fights, Jones may not have a lot of contenders left to go through at 205lbs and then a move to heavyweight could happen.
It’s just not likely to happen before 2012 is over.
“It’s gonna happen eventually,” said White. “I don’t think it’s going to happen this year.”