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4/24/13 7:22 PM
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http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_16561.shtml

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is approaching historic heights in his career despite being just 25-years-old, and on Saturday night he can tie Tito Ortiz with the most consecutive defenses of that 205 lb. Championship. Beyond that, he's expressed a desire to make one more title defense to break that record, then try his hand at heavyweight and with superfights outside of title bouts.

That desire has left many thinking it could be a move out of the light heavyweight division for good if he jumps up, but in a chat with fans at ESPN.com on Tuesday, Jones said that would not be the case.

"[A move to heavyweight] definitely wouldn't be permanent," Jones said. "It would just be to prove critics wrong. I would seek an opponent in the Top 10."

That leaves options quite open in the heavyweight field for Jones when he eventually makes a move up, but he did name one particular opponent he'd be highly interested in fighting: UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez.

He's got plenty left in front of him before that fight would come together, but Jones ultimately has just a couple of long term goals for his run in the sport.

"To break many records," he said when asked of those goals. "[And] to be established as the greatest by the time I retire."

4/24/13 8:23 PM
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Never gonna pay Taxes - Honestly, he should just be at HW for good imo. Much to large at LHW for 90% of the fighters. At HW, fights with Can JDS and Overeem would actually be competitive

I'd like to see him at HW, but if he can make LHW, why shouldn't he fight there?

4/24/13 8:23 PM
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Lol

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4/24/13 8:39 PM
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This is what I've thought all along. Why move up where you'll be a top 3-4 guy when you can rule with an iron fist at your current weight? It's all about that paper, and the money is with the belt

4/24/13 8:48 PM
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Never gonna pay Taxes - Honestly, he should just be at HW for good imo. Much to large at LHW for 90% of the fighters. At HW, fights with Can JDS and Overeem would actually be competitive

I'd like to see him at HW, but if he can make LHW, why shouldn't he fight there?


I know he can make 205, but there will always be people who say he only beat all those guys at LHW because he was way fucking huge compared to them. HW would be a great test for him
And those people are idiots. Phone Post 3.0
4/24/13 8:53 PM
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I'd pay to watch him fight Mark HUNTO! Phone Post
4/24/13 9:00 PM
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Never gonna pay Taxes - Honestly, he should just be at HW for good imo. Much to large at LHW for 90% of the fighters. At HW, fights with Can JDS and Overeem would actually be competitive

I'd like to see him at HW, but if he can make LHW, why shouldn't he fight there?


I know he can make 205, but there will always be people who say he only beat all those guys at LHW because he was way fucking huge compared to them. HW would be a great test for him
And those people are idiots. Phone Post 3.0

Agreed.

4/24/13 9:07 PM
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so he's developed a brilliant style for dealing with smaller guys that won't push him or put their hands on him.

He's going to a division where the guys are huge, that will push forward. A division where he will have to adapt his style, guys like Cain will absolutely get their hands on him, and he's going to try that without developing some decent functional mass.

I can't see that ending well. Jones is a phenomenal athlete but if he's going up he needs to do it right or if he still wants to fight at 205 he should stay there.

I absolutely think he would be a successful HW but His 205 style and size won't hold up against Cain IMO. Phone Post
4/24/13 9:08 PM
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^ btw, if he makes the cut to 205 I see nothing wrong with that. Phone Post
4/24/13 9:13 PM
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One thing I hate about weight classes is this emerging emphasis about jumping around in the different categories to chase after belts. To be a belt collector.

I hold the highest respect for a guy like Bernard Hopkins who held the belt at 160 for over a DECADE. That's what I call a legacy.

Not that there isn't value in a weight jump, but it's the leaping back and forth I can't stand in MMA. Jones at HW sounds great, if he puts the weight on right, and does it at the right time in his career. For now there's plenty more to accomplish at 205, and bouncing back and forth between divisions in the future sounds like a bad idea.
4/24/13 9:15 PM
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i can't see Jones having much success at all with the elite in the heavyweight division.  They simply are too big and strong for him.  I don't mean they are taller or heavier, I mean they are much thicker and more powerful.  Jones is a bean pole and he's that way because that's his body type.  Short of a prolonged horse meat diet, he isn't packing on mass just because he wants to.  He gets steam rolled at heavyweight.  

4/24/13 9:25 PM
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Never gonna pay Taxes - Honestly, he should just be at HW for good imo. Much to large at LHW for 90% of the fighters. At HW, fights with Can JDS and Overeem would actually be competitive

I'd like to see him at HW, but if he can make LHW, why shouldn't he fight there?


I know he can make 205, but there will always be people who say he only beat all those guys at LHW because he was way fucking huge compared to them. HW would be a great test for him

" but there will always be people who say he only beat all those guys at LHW because he was way fucking huge compared to them."

 

Yeah, people like you.

 

If he can make weight as easily as he has been for the next several years, then he has no business fighting at HW. People with inane criticisms will never be satisfied.


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