During a recent fan Q&A, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones expressed his desire to fight heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
Jones said he plans to make a permanent move to the heavyweight division within the next two years, but he hopes to meet Velasquez in the Octagon before then.
“I think that’s going to happen within the next two years – I’ll go up to heavyweight, permanently,” Jones said.
“But I am looking to take a super fight sooner or later, within the next year. So, yeah I’m excited for it. I’ve been really thinking about me and Cain Velasquez going at it,” he added. “It would be huge for the sport. He’s definitely the toughest guy in that division, and he’s not that big, so I think it would be a really entertaining fight. Don’t be surprised if you see that sooner or later.”
Velasquez is 6-foot-1 and weighed in at 241 pounds ahead of UFC 166 last month. Jones is 6-foot-4 and weighed and weighed in at 204.5 pounds prior to UFC 165. The 26-year-old, who passed Tito Ortiz for most successful light heavyweight title defenses (6) with his unanimous decision win over Alexander Gustafsson on on September 21, said he would add about 10 pounds of muscle to his walking around weight to make 230 pounds.
Before he can get to Velasquez, who is coming off of a fifth-round TKO victory over Junior dos Santos, Jones is expected to defend his light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira. They were supposed to headline UFC 170 on February 22, 2014, but Jones withdrew from the fight.
When asked if the champion was injured, UFC president Dana White said no. However, manager Malki Kawa said Jones got back into the gym to prepare for the fight but didn’t feel right due to a foot injury he suffered during UFC 165. Kawa said Jones will rest and rehab his foot until the new year before getting back into the gym to train for his match against Teixeira.
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