Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (pictured) is a man on a mission, and on Sunday night he laid out his agenda for the MMA world to see.
With Jones’ long awaited transition to the heavyweight division expected to take place sooner rather than later, particularly since “Bones” has been hitting the weight room hard after April’s felony hit and run arrest, Jones was asked Sunday night on Twitter how many more fights he has a 205 pounds before making the move.
“Maybe 3,” Jones replied to a fan.
Barring any setbacks or controversial outcomes in those impending fights, Jones knows exactly which three opponents he wants to face and in what order before trying to claim the heavyweight throne.
“DC, Rumble, Gus,” Jones stated.
The UFC is expected to officially announce this week when Jones will get his chance to reclaim his crown from champion Daniel Cormier. Jones utterly destroyed his bitter rival last January, but was stripped of his title after his latest legal hiccup.
Assuming Jones runs through Cormier again to take back his belt, he then has his sights set on Anthony Johnson, who is fresh off yesterday’s knockout victory over Ryan Bader. The two were initially slated to meet at UFC 187, but then that whole hit-and-run thing happened.
Johnson represents Jones’ most dangerous threat given his vicious one-punch KO power. That scrap could be of the blockbuster pay-per-view variety.
Most would think Jones waxed the light heavyweight class clean if he reclaims his gold and then successfully defends against Johnson, but Jones still feels there’s unfinished business with Alexander Gustafsson.
Jones posted a unanimous decision win over Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September 2013, but Gustafsson took Jones into deep waters and is the only man to ever make him look mortal. There was also some controversy surrounding the outcome, so it’s clear Jones wants to answer all questions before leaving the division in his rear-view mirror.
Jones owns a 21-1 professional record and is the most decorated light heavyweight champion in UFC history with eight consecutive title defenses.