Jon Jones has been teasing a move up to heavyweight for a while now, but those plans remain in some distant future. While Bones was perfectly happy to give us a little reminder of how he stacks up physically next to Cain Velasquez, he’s still perfectly content ruling the light heavyweight division with an iron fist.
“I’ll be here for a little while for sure,” Jones said about fighting at light heavyweight when speaking during a UFC media tour stop in New York City on Wednesday. “I have teammates that are heavyweights, so there’s a lot of work to be done in the light heavyweight division. I want to set a standard and a record that’s going to be really hard to break. That’s going to take some time.”
“I would like to fight for the heavyweight title one day and be the heavyweight champion of the world in MMA, and the heavyweight champion in boxing one day,” Jones revealed. “Maybe beat up a Klitschko brother. You never know with enough focus it’s a possibility.”
What is up with MMA fighters and boxers? On the more realistic and immediate side of things, Jones sounds especially interested in challenging himself against Glover Teixeira, who is generally expected to get next crack at the light heavyweight strap provided he doesn’t pull a Rory against Ryan Bader in September. A less interesting opponent in his eyes: Daniel Cormier.
“I hate answering questions about him. He’s just not relevant to me,” Jones said. “There are so many great fighters in the light heavyweight division. He’s not even top five in his division.
“He has short reach, bad cardio. He looked terrible in his last fight. It’s like I’m not worried about him at all.”
That’s some pretty selective reasoning right there – Dana White would be proud. If you hadn’t figured it out by Jon’s diss-misal of Cormier, the two have some sort of beef brewing. But Jones may not just be saying this to start building hype for the fight – he might be making a case for why he refuses to fight Cormier. Jones seems to do that with guys he doesn’t like – what better way to stick it to an enemy than to not give them a crack at the title? And while a fight between the two is probably inevitable, that doesn’t mean he can’t bury Cormier’s chances of cutting the line with a win over Roy Nelson at UFC 166.