Jon Jones wants to retire by age 30

Steve Snowden

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones believes that he will retire from MMA before the age of 30.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is 26 years old. He has been the champ for two and a half years and has already set a record for most 205-pound title defenses in the UFC. He has accomplished so much in his career at such a young age that he thinks he might not be in the sport much longer. In fact, he recently stated in an interview with a Baltimore radio station that he'd like to retire before the age of 30:

I’m 26 right now.  I think a man can be in his fighting prime until his mid 30′s.  Saying that though I would like to retire by 30, so a few more years.

In a subsequent conversation with Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie, the champ offered up more details regarding this career plan:

"I just want to leave the sport with a good head on my shoulders. I don’t want to be one of these guys that are taking fights way past their prime."

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"I want to leave my legacy in a healthy spot," Jones said. "I want my legacy to be respected and I just want to leave on top."

He made it clear that this sort of declaration isn't a negotiating tactic to get more money:

"No. No I didn’t say that for more money," Jones said. "Right now, where I’m at financially, I never thought I would be, so I could honestly retire today [and be financially secure]."

Instead, he feels that his work in MMA will open up other avenues for him:

"I’ve had a lot of doors be opened through MMA and I just feel like there’s a lot of other business out there," Jones said. "There’s a lot of other business out there."

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"I feel like its been fun. I’ve got a little bit more to prove, but I’ve also proven a lot already and there’s no need to do it after 30," Jones said. "I think I’m a smart enough guy to be able to do a lot of other things."

Jones will defend his title against Glover Teixeira next, but a date for the bout hasn't been nailed down yet due to the lingering effects of Jones' last defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.

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