Dana White: Jon Jones NOT Fighting at Heavyweight in 2012

Written by Tom Ngo
February 2nd, 2012

UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones

Reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (Pictured) is hellbent on replicating the blockbuster year he unleashed in 2011, which was music to UFC president Dana White’s ears. However, “Bones” also recently suggested he’d like to dabble in the heavyweight pond in 2012, to which White quickly pumped the breaks on during Thursday’s press conference.

“I’m not really interested in him fighting at heavyweight this year,” White flatly stated. “He’s at 205, there’s still guys there to fight. He’s very young.

“It’s gonna happen eventually. I don’t think it’s going to happen this year.”

During Jones’ 2011 campaign, he trounced four opponents, three of which were former title holders, en route to becoming the youngest champion in UFC history. It was arguably the most masterful year mixed martial arts had ever witnessed.

At 24 years young, Jones is still far from sniffing his prime and even further away from seeing his slender frame completely fill out.

In the meantime, Jones is slated to headline UFC 145 on April 21st. Although the organization has yet to officially announce the matchup, bitter rival Rashad Evans is expected to stand opposite his friend-turned-foe.

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