Current UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has teased a move to heavyweight on multiple occasions this year, and in an interview with USA Today he once again stated his desire to move up in weight and become a multi-weight class champion.
Due to Jon Jones' unfair size advantage, reach advantage, and general advantage of being much better at fighting than all of his opponents, fans have called for the dominant light-heavyweight champion to make the move up to heavyweight. Jones himself has entertained the thought and has said in the past he'd make the jump within the next two years. In an interview with USA Today, he stated he wants to be a champion in both weight classes.
"Because things have been going so well, right now it's about not putting limits on anything and realizing the sky is the limit," Jones told USA TODAY Sports in an exclusive interview. "Really, I want everything, and I've said that since day one. I want to be the best. I want to be a record-holder in everything. I want to be a heavyweight champion and a light-heavyweight champion. I want it all."
Of course, Brandon Vera tried to do the same thing, but he ended up fading in both weight classes. Jones has already established himself as an elite talent and has defended the LHW belt 4 times, and he'll be a favorite to make it 5 for 5 when he faces Chael Sonnen next April.
As for when he'll head for the heavyweight division? Possibly the end of next year.
Jones thinks that time is coming, perhaps as soon as the end of 2013.
"I respect the champions and the top-ranked guys in the heavyweight division," Jones said. "I realize that me, at my current size, the odds would be majorly against me, so it would be about doing it right, doing it with a lot of passion, and having fun with the game. I'll do it right when that time comes, I'll give it my all, and I'll expect to be a winner."
From my own slightly biased opinion, I'd love to see Jones contending at heavyweight. And if he turns out to be just as vicious at HW as he is at LHW, a potential "superfight" with current heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos would be sensational viewing. Given the gauntlet of top-level HWs JDS had to face to EARN his title shot, combined with the lack of depth at HW, I don't think it's far-fetched to say that if dos Santos can defeat Cain Velasquez again, Alistair Overeem, and Daniel Cormier, he's damn near close to cleaning out the division in my book. Jones would provide a fresh new face to the weight class and it would be a great spectacle to see them compete at the top of the division for many years to come.
First things first, though. Jones needs to beat Sonnen next, and anyone else the UFC gives him at LHW, and then we can watch the fun unravel if/when he makes his move in the not-so-distant future.