Despite posting just his third successful light heavyweight title defense, albeit against yet another former champion, many believe reigning king Jon Jones (Pictured) has already waxed the division clean and should jump to the heavyweight class.
However, UFC president Dana White quickly pumped the breaks on that chatter following Saturday’s post-fight press conference.
“Jon Jones is a physical specimen,” White expressed. “The guy is huge at 205 pounds. He’s out there doing things, and not only is he a big guy, he’s super athletic. He was throwing elbows like they were hands [against Rashad Evans at UFC 145], but he needs to stay at 205.
“He can make 205. Once he cleans out a division and [expletive] starts getting a little old and stale, then maybe he makes that move to heavyweight.”
Jones recently revealed he currently walks around at 230 pounds. In his latest trip to the scale, heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos weighed in at 239lbs. Cain Velasquez, the man 2Santos put to sleep to capture the crown, clocked 249 pounds for the scrap.
While Jones isn’t far off from the heavyweight field, White believes “Bones” should allow his body to organically fill out as he matures. Because of his dominance, it’s easy to forget Jones is still light years away from even sniffing his prime.
“He’s 24 years old, and as he gets older, it’s going to be harder to cut that weight,” White added. “It’s going to be harder to stay as lean as he is. If I was him, and I’m not his coach or advisor or anything, I’d wait until that naturally happens.”
At the same time, the big boys pack quite the punch and White suggested Jones’ supremacy might not come as easily as it has been since he entered the Octagon.
“I wouldn’t be too itchy to move up to heavyweight,” White shared. “It’s a whole other level.
“It’s not going to be that fun at heavyweight.”
In the meantime, Dan Henderson is next on Jones’ agenda.