Dana White: Heavyweight Division Possible, but Jon Jones Has Plenty of Work to Do

Written by Tom Ngo
September 25th, 2011

UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones

Although UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (Pictured) is just fresh off making his first successful title defense, the mixed martial arts world is already clamoring over a potential move to the heavyweight division. While having “Bones” dominate the Octagon’s biggest weight class could do wonders for the growth of the sport, UFC president Dana White professes Jones has plenty of work left ahead of him before he bounces.

“The beauty of the 205-pound division is it’s stacked. There’s a lot of tough guys out there,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “I’ll tell you what, Rashad [Evans] just came off an awesome performance against Tito [Ortiz at UFC 133], and we’ll see what happens with [Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua] and Dan Henderson.”

Jones owns a practically perfect 14-1 professional record, with his lone blemish coming in a disqualification loss to now-retired Matt Hamill in December 2009. “Bones” has since rattled off five lopsided victories en route to becoming the youngest title holder in company history.

Jones’ resume, along with his spectacular performances inside the cage have many convinced there are no significant threats to his light heavyweight throne. White doesn’t completely disagree with that sentiment, but he was also quick to point out the 24-year-old is far from achieving Anderson Silva status.

“If Jones is what everyone believes he is, then the 205-pound division will end up looking like the 185-pound division, which has had a lot of talent but it doesn’t look like it because the guy that holds the belt is so damn good he makes it look like it doesn’t,” White said. “He’s still a young guy and if he does clean out the division, he and I have talked about [possibly moving to] heavyweight.”

“The Spider” has successfully defended his middleweight crown nine times, a UFC record. Jones is slated to make his second title defense against former friend Rashad Evans in his next outing.

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