On the heels of nine consecutive victories, including a record-tying five title defenses in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight division, Jon Jones may soon run out of 205-pound challenges.
Indeed, with wins over former division champions Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua and Lyoto Machida, as well as his most recent drubbing of two-time No. 1 Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen, "Bones" has just about cleaned out the 205-pound contender cupboard at just 26 years young.
If he continues down this dominant path, a future move to Heavyweight would be the natural -- and inevitable -- progression.
Or is it?
"Look at this guy next to me," Jones as he pointed to current 265-pound champion Cain Velasquez during today's (July 30, 2013) "UFC World Tour" in Los Angeles, California (via LA Times), "Would you guys fight him? I don't know, guys. I don't know."
Of course, Jones was only kidding, saying that a jump up in weight class is bound to happen in the near future.
"I just said that because Cain's next to me. I didn't want it to be awkward," he said with a smile on his face. "Eventually. I'm getting older, I'm growing, I'm getting stronger. Why not? Yeah, for sure," he added.
And while many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans might feel "Bones" would lose the size advantage he currently enjoys at Light Heavyweight, Jones predicts that he will gain a speed advantage against the much bigger foes. Furthermore, the competitors in the current Heavyweight field have yet to face off against someone with a "dynamic" style like the one he possess.
"It'd be a great thing because I'd bring a lot of speed against those bigger guys. And my style is dynamic in a way I don't think they've experienced. I don't see any heavyweights throwing flying knees or spinning elbows. I'd be faster and a handful."
Before he starts packing on the pounds (not like this), Jones will take on perhaps his biggest (literally) challenge to date when he defends his title against 6'5" Alexander Gustafsson -- a man who could easily compete at Heavyweight himself -- at UFC 165 on Sept. 21, 2013, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
With a win over "The Mauler," Jones' quest to wipe out the Light Heavyweight division would be close to complete. Unless, of course, Glover Teixeira -- the man some believe is the one to beat dethrone Jones -- puts an emphatic end to his historic 205-pound run.
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