UFC: Jon Jones Eyes Heavyweight Division

By Jeremy Green
Jon Jones UFC
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UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones has been an unstoppable wrecking ball since his career began. To date, only one fighter has been able to defeat him, which is a bit of a misnomer because Jones was disqualified for throwing an illegal elbow to Matt Hamill back in 2009. Since this controversial loss, Jones has won nine straight, and many consider him to be the pound-for-pound greatest fighter in MMA right now.

So who’s left for the dominant champ? Potential bouts that may be booked at light heavyweight include a rematch with Lyoto Machida or a fresh challenge in Alexander Gustafsson. One of the most intriguing bouts for Jones, at this point in his career, is a bout with Anderson Silva. This super-fight would certainly test Jones’ striking ability, as Silva is arguably the most accurate striker in mixed martial arts.

After Jones gets through with these bouts, maybe it’s time for him to move up to the heavyweight division. Jones is one of the biggest light heavyweights in the division, which is partly attributed to his height. Give him a few years, and he may very well reach up to 240 pounds.

If he does indeed move up in weight, Greg Jackson, Jones’s head trainer, is already on board with the move.  In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Jackson shared his thoughts about Jones moving up in weight. If that’s the parameters they want to give, that’s what I do. And I actually enjoy that. Anything different is good.”  

Give Jones maybe one more year fighting at light heavyweight, and he will more than likely make the jump up to heavyweight. This is intriguing, as it would give him a chance to battle the likes of Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.

So would the move up to heavyweight be a good one on Jones’ part?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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