According to a Feb. 8 report from MMA Weekly, UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones says he has three fights left in the 205-pound ranks, before moving up to heavyweight for a fight against Cain Velasquez.
Jones, 26, already has a fight lined up against Glover Teixeira. Jones fights Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172, which is set for Apr. 26 in Baltimore, Maryland.
After that, he wants a rematch against Alexander Gustafsson, the man he beat at UFC 165. Jones' first fight with Gustafsson was an instant classic that earned the nod for "Fight of the Year" at the 2013 World MMA Awards.
Jones also mentioned that he wants to fight fast-rising light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, before moving up to the heavyweight ranks.
“I think I have a lot of work to do in the light heavyweight division still,” Jones said. “My goals are to beat Glover Teixeira, beat [Alexander] Gustafsson in a rematch, and then beat [Daniel Cormier].
“However it plays out, that’s a hectic schedule. Those three guys are on the prowl. I got a lot of work to do in staying where I’m at for sure, but I embrace it. That’s the name of the game.”
Jones says when he moves up to heavyweight, it's going to be permanent.
It takes a lot of time to put on muscle mass to go from 205 to 230 pounds or more, so his comments make sense. Jumping to 230 pounds to compete against Velasquez wouldn't be too difficult, but it would be tough to then move back down to light heavyweight.
“I think that’s going to happen within the next two years. I’ll go up to heavyweight, permanently,” Jones said. “I’ve been really thinking about me and Cain Velasquez going at it. Don’t be surprised if you see that sooner or later.
“Right now, I’m preparing to go into probably the toughest schedule I’ve had. Any of the next three guys, they’re monsters. That’s what I’m preparing for, just getting through Glover, Gus again, and D.C. That’s my schedule for now.”