UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones became the youngest champion in company history when he captured the crown in March. Although “Bones” has yet to make his first title defense, he can’t seem to dodge questions about his heavyweight future.
Jones turned 24-years-young this past Tuesday, which is an eternity in mixed martial arts years in regards to reaching his prime. With the 205-pound belt currently wrapped around his waist, he’s deferring his division hopping for another couple of years.
However, just because he’s young doesn’t mean he’s not smart enough to start preparing for the inevitable.
“Absolutely, I think it’s going to happen,” Jones said at Tuesday’s press conference of his 265-pound fate. “Maybe when I am around 26 or 27-years-old. Right now, I’ve got a really good nutritionist who’s helping me make it easier on myself.”
Jones stands a lanky six-foot-four, with a reach for days when he opts to unleash his kicks. Packing on the pounds in the proper manner will be essential for the youngster, as it’s assumed he’ll look to run two divisions once he decides to pull the trigger.
For now, he’s got time on his side, as well as genetics.
“But, I am growing and I have two really large brothers,” Jones said of his football playing bros. “So it will probably happen [for me] when I am a little bit older.”
Jones puts his title on the lines against former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135 in September.