Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones, is close to cleaning out the 205-pound weight class after running roughshod over the his colleagues since bursting onto the scene back in 2009.
And by the looks of it, super fights are on the horizon for "Bones." Standing in his way, however, is Daniel Cormier, the man who will challenge him at UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada (more on that here).
Should Jones defeat his bitter rival, he says he has one more challenge ahead of him, as he will face the winner of the upcoming bout between Alexander Gustfasson and Anthony Johnson, which is set to headline UFC on FOX 14 inside the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Jan. 24, 2015 (details).
If "Bones" goes two-for-two, he will start entertaining fights in other weight classes, but is adamant that he will never face Anderson Silva.
He explained why during Monday's (Nov. 17, 2014) press conference (via MMA Fighting).
"I would never want to fight Anderson. Never. Ever. I just look up to him so much. And he's just...I don't have many people that I've looked up to in my lifetime and think, ‘wow, how cool would it be to be that guy.' Look at what he's done. Jordan, LeBron, Anderson, Kobe, I consider them all in the same type of class. The Jeters. Athletes of that caliber don't come around that often. I don't want to be the guy to beat him. Even though that's happened already, I wouldn't want to lose to him and I don't want to beat him."
"[After] those two fights, I would consider the division clear, and that's when I would start to entertain super fights. Super fights I would go for. I've been training with heavyweights for years now. I know what it feels like, and I think I would do really good against them. So that would be the next chapter."
Jones has flirted with the idea of moving up to heavyweight before. An idea that may become a reality soon enough.
While Jon is more than confident he has the skill set to hang with some of the big men, including newly-crowned interim champion Fabricio Werdum, he does acknowledge that there are some who can beat him based on size, not skill.
"There are definitely a lot of heavyweights that I know I would beat. A lot of heavyweights that could give me a hell of a run or possibly beat me. I keep it real. I'm smaller than these guys. A guy like Werdum, I would fight him every day, all day. Why? Because he's not the biggest guy. But the heavyweights I believe would give me the hardest time are the big ones. Not necessarily the better skilled ones -- just the bigger ones. You shoot in and they sprawl out on you, that's going to take a lot of energy to finish that shot, you know what I mean?"
Upon catching wind of the statement, Werdum told Globo he would gladly accept a fight against Jones, but also understands that the statement wasn't exactly a call out or a challenge.
"I don't know why didn't he said that before I become a champion. He said it now but I would fight him for sure without any problem. He has to go up or make it a catchweight bout. But my biggest goal is to fight Cain Velasquez [undisputed champion] to unify the belts. Dana White even spoke to the media it is going to happen in June. It has even a schedule and he would like this fight to happen in Mexico, so no way we will do it. He (Jones) said it just to say, I don't know why he did it, but he also stated he would fight me every day, so he means that he wants to train with me. To fight everyday he has to train, right? The academy is over at Kings MMA, where we train hard everyday. If he wants to pay us a visit or train with us and is ashamed of saying it, that's fine. Welcome, when he wants, we are in Huntington Beach, at Kings MMA. He can train with us everyday (laughs)."
While that's all well and good, the real super fight to make is one against the official heavyweight champ, Cain Velasquez. After all, based on this picture, Cain is actually smaller than Werdum, height wise.
As far as never fighting "The Spider," well, "Bones" kind of already did.