For years fans have been wondering when reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones will finally make what is believed to be the inevitable jump to the heavyweight division.
After Jones posted his eighth straight title defense by dominating Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, a UFC record for the weight class, Jones was asked on the Fox Sports 1 post-fight show when he intends on making the move.
Jones, however, said that his sights are no longer on the heavyweight class. Although, he would transition for the “perfect” opponent – one that was closer to the 206 minimum as opposed to the 265 pound maximum.
Interim UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (pictured) offered Jones some stern advice about bouncing between divisions.
“@JonnyBones good fight tonight against @dc_mma but better you stay there at your division,” Werdum tweeted Saturday after Jones’ win.
In November, Jones claimed he’d fight Werdum “every day, all day” because he was closer to Jones’ natural size.
Werdum weighed just 232 pounds when he beat Mark Hunt in November to become the interim champ.
At the UFC 182 post-fight press conference, Jones said he’d also fight heavyweight title holder Cain Velasquez “in a heartbeat.”
So, it sounds as though Jones will transition only if it’s against someone donning the hardware. If he heeds Werdum’s advice, he better not go anywhere.
In the meantime, Werdum and Velasquez are slated to unify the 265-pound crown by mid-2015.