Jon Jones discusses eventual move to heavyweight, plans to weigh 240 pounds - MMA Forum - UFC Forums - UFC Results - MMA Videos
UFC The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts organization, recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC. This promotion is responsible for solidifying the sport's postion in the history-books. UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on FOX, FX, and FUEL TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
Flyweight
 
BlueLander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 355
                     
Jon Jones discusses eventual move to heavyweight, plans to weigh 240 pounds

Quote:
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones plans to move to heavyweight eventually, and when he does the move will be permanent, with his focus entirely on the division.

Jon Jones has conquered almost every possible challenge at light heavyweight during his time in the UFC. While fights with Dan Henderson and Alexander Gustafsson remain intriguing (and new) challenges, first we have to wait for the completely undeserving challenge from Chael Sonnen following the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Despite clearly having enough new fights to get him through 2013 and beyond, much focus is on Jones in either a superfight with Anderson Silva or a move up in weight to heavyweight.

The potential move up in weight is something that Jones discussed during his Metro PCS fan chat ahead of this past weekend's UFC on Fox 5 card (via MMA Mania):

I definitely have goals to compete at heavyweight and obviously go for the championship," Jones said in the chat last Saturday evening. "But it's a ways away. Right now I'm cutting weight more efficiently, trying to eat smarter and do things better and the weight cuts are getting easier so, heavyweight might be a ways away."

...

"Fighting Cain would be a great honor in the future," Jones said. "I'm here to fight the best guys and I would love to fight Cain in the future. Not because I don't like him or anything I think he's an awesome guy, but, you know, the competition. That's why I'm here. "


Jon made it clear that he has no designs to compete in both light heavyweight and heavyweight simultaneously, stating that the move to heavyweight would be permanent:

"When I move up to heavyweight I definitely won't be trying to hang on to two belts at the same time," he said. "I'll be focused, you know, strictly on heavyweight."

...

"When I compete at heavyweight I plan on weighing like 240 and I really won't want to get much bigger than that." Jones said in the chat. "I think speed and agility would give me an advantage being smaller than those guys, so."


The thought of Jones vs. Velasquez is exciting, regardless of if Cain manages to beat Junior dos Santos later this month and regain the UFC heavyweight championship. It's an outstanding stylistic match-up.

It's good to see that Jones has his head on straight about the situation. He's still a young man with plenty of time ahead of him in the sport. He's got fights left at 205 so, despite MMA fan impatience, he doesn't need to rush into a new challenge and weight class just to do it. He can take his time and do it the right way, making sure that the move is one that he will stick to for the rest of his career.
http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/12/1...ght-240-pounds

Ken-Flo. Like a boss!



BlueLander is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 10:41 PM
ptw
Featherweight
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,297
                     
I respect him more for wanting to challenge himself. There's lots of challenges for him at Heavyweight, I think Cain is stylistically the worst match up for Jones so it's odd he called him out of all people. I would love to see what a more beefy Jones could do, right now I don't think he'd be able to impose his will on people like he does at LHW. I'd like to see Jones vs Stefan Struve for some reason.
ptw is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 10:43 PM
Amateur
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 167
                     
Not a good move for Jones at all. He has very skinny legs and is not a heavyweight dude, period.

If you want to fight a heavyweight guy, fine, but don't try to act like you are a heavyweight guy, because you're not. You are slimmer and have skinny legs.

Having said that, fight a heavyweight guy at a catch weight...you're super talented, very spiritual, and will probably beat many heavyweights.
limitufc is offline  
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 10:49 PM
LL
Cruz Control
 
LL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ocean Front Property in Arizona.
Posts: 9,159
                     
People are forgetting he's still only in his mid-twenties, his skills still haven't developed to their peak yet.

On the bright side, the moment he leaves 205, I really can't see anyone who beats Machida, so the sooner, the better.

2013 VIP FFL Champion
THE DRAGON RIDES AGAIN - 12/20/14
Machida - Alves - Cruz - JDS - Weidman - Condit - Pettis - Edgar - Cowboy - Dodson - Okami
LL is offline  
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 02:56 AM
KO artist
 
Liddellianenko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Iowa
Posts: 5,315
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by limitufc View Post
Not a good move for Jones at all. He has very skinny legs and is not a heavyweight dude, period.

If you want to fight a heavyweight guy, fine, but don't try to act like you are a heavyweight guy, because you're not. You are slimmer and have skinny legs.

Having said that, fight a heavyweight guy at a catch weight...you're super talented, very spiritual, and will probably beat many heavyweights.
Now I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out ...

Legend says there exists a powerful ancient Indian magic that can correct skinny legs. A magic so powerful that not only can it cure skinny legs, it is also the only known counter for the dreaded curse of Montezuma's revenge after a particularly nasty batch of tacos.

They call it ... the SK'OO-WAT.
Liddellianenko is offline  
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 04:49 AM
Bantamweight
 
footodors's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 738
                     
His punching power is too light for hw.

I am the foremost authority on my opinion.

Florian Martial Arts Center
Background Checks

"I used to drink a lot. I still do, but I used to, too."
footodors is offline  
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 05:10 AM
Ultra-weight
 
Sportsman 2.0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: On the move again...
Posts: 7,395
                     
He is skinny now because he cut too much. His frame does not belong to 205. Alistair used to be skinny as well. With less effort I think he can put on the right amount of muscles to compete (compete, I said) in HW in no time. Defeat big names? Lets see.


You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
Sportsman 2.0 is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 05:42 AM
HiiiPoWeR
 
Rauno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Estonia
Posts: 17,676
                     
I wonder how this all works out. Overeem had the frame but he never belonged in the 205 division. Jones does and i don't see his style adapti0ng the change as well as Overeems. Wait and see i guess.

Rauno is offline  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 11:05 AM
Lightweight
 
dlxrevolution's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,500
                     
I think it will be a while before Jones moves up to heavyweight permanently. And when he does, it will probably be because he wants to put on the muscle and challenge himself, not because he has outgrown the weight cut.

Call me crazy, but I think his build is just fine for light heavyweight, and I'm not seeing this crazy size advantage he has over everybody. Don't get me wrong, he's a big guy in the weight class, but I think his size is ridiculously exaggerated. I certainly don't think he is a true heavyweight that just decides to cut to LHW. I think people come up with that because their fan favorites are getting dominated.
dlxrevolution is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 11:34 AM
Colossal-weight
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 9,017
                     
Some guys have naturally slim legs. But why can't he put extra focus on making them thicker and stronger?

He can't put on any more muscle where he doesn't need it now. So I doubt he even works out his legs much now so he can still make 205.

He belongs at HW in a couple years. He is bigger than the current HW champ. I do agree that his punching power is ass for the HW division. He will have to become mega wrestler and use those elbows.
jonnyg4508 is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MMA Forum - UFC Forums - UFC Results - MMA Videos forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome