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Old 03-09-2010, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jon Jones talks about moving up in weight

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Jon Jones (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Brandon Vera (11-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) could be headed up a division around the same time.

The light heavyweight headliners of UFC on Versus 1 spoke Tuesday to media about their March 21 fight, and both said a trip to the heavyweight division is not out of the question in two years, give or take.

It would be Vera's second run in the weight class since June 2008, when the UFC urged him to drop to 205 pounds after losses to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdrum. Jones has served his young career at light heavyweight but said his still-growing frame may support a move up.

Both fighters are coming off controversial losses in their most recent performances, but are still considered to be in the top echelon of UFC light heavyweights. The winner of the March 21 fight could be on the road to a fight for the next title contender spot in the division.

Vera, once a red-hot prospect in the heavyweight division, is tagged as the more experienced competitor, while Jones rides a wave of hype as the "next big thing" among 205-pound fighters.

Size-wise, they're equals, but that may not always be the case.

The 22-year-old Jones, an upstate New York native, is the smallest of his siblings. His older brother, Arthur Jones, walks around at 300-plus pounds and enters the NFL draft this year as a veteran of Syracuse University. His younger brother, Chandler, tips the scales in the 250-pound range and is set to begin his Syracuse football career this fall.

Although he's the middle sibling, Jon Jones could have some growing to do.

"If he fills out like those guys, yeah," Ryan Ciotoli, Jones' manager and trainer, said to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) regarding a possible move to heavyweight. "Right now, he's skinny, but you see a lot of guys fill out in their late 20's early 30's. I could see him putting on 20 or 30 pounds."

Ciotoli said Jones walks around at 210 pounds between fights but adds 10 pounds in camp.

"I've always been really skinny, but I'm growing every day, and I see myself getting stronger and (I'm) realizing my balance and realize what I can do with my body," Jones said.

With Vera, Jones is focused on what could be the biggest test of his career. The light heavyweight division is the obvious priority, but if he catches up to his brothers, it might be a different story.

"It's definitely something that I'm not counting out, especially being 22," Jones said. "By the time I'm 24, who knows what my body is going to do."

Vera, meanwhile, sees a move to heavyweight means as the pursuit of a long-held dream in his fight career – to be the first UFC fighter to simultaneously hold two titles in two different weight classes.

"I'm still on track for that," Vera said, adding later, '"I'm not going to retire until I get to that goal where I reach for the stars."

Like Jones, Vera said he has a long way to go in the light heavyweight division before he can entertain thoughts of jumping weight classes, but it's in the back of his mind nonetheless.

And Vera isn't concerned about being an undersized heavyweight among the massive fighters who now populate the division. He'd bulk up with his diet and a weight training regimen.

"I don't give a damn how much weight they cut, or how big the guys get, or how strong they look," he said.

But before he does that, he has to derail the Jones hype train.

"I don't see that happening for at least another year or maybe two years," Vera said. "I still have a lot of work to do at the 205 division. I can't bounce back and forth; I know that now. There's no way I could bounce back and forth and perform the way I want to perform."
Sometimes I forget how young this guy is. He would be a welcome addition to the UFC HW division IMO...... a few exciting match-ups there for him.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Give it 4 years and I could see JJ being the lighter - more exciting fighter in the HW division. Something I think they are missing. I think he would do well as long as he focuses on strength. If he goes in at say 235 but strong as hell he could stuff many TDs and KO many HWs standing. His athletisism will help a great deal here.
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Vera is dilusional if he thinks he could ever compete against the top HW's now.

Bones is best suited for LHW, even if he gets to 230.
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...Jones being so young & skilled has big advantages. I think Jones needs to face a serious 205 top dog before he does anything. Brandon won't make it in that bearpit today we call the Heavyweight Division. Same with Jones. He is still young. Truth is Vera & Jones would get their lights shut off by guys like Dos Santos, Cain or Carwin...not to mention that 300 lb Gorilla named Brock. Even Kongo's striking would be a serious handful for them. Vera vs. Jones is a very good test for the young Lion. Both have Greco backrounds and both can seriously strike. This is a true test to see if JBones is really legit. This will be on the feet. I think Vera has the experience edge, a more seasoned striker and better Muay Thai than Jones. If they clinch, Jones has some serious throws. Brandon needs to be careful clinched up along the fence. Man-- this fight will be a stand-up clinic...
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I'd like to see him just stick to LHW. And by the way, his "loss" is BS. I'm still upset it ended that way. Jones was obliterating Hamill.
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Imagine what sort of damage a 265lb Jon Jones could do ...
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Did i just read "Controversial loss" refering to brandon vera getting beat up by randy couture for 15 minutes? wow. i also dont see how the jones loss is controversial at all.

you two should be worried about being light heavyweights with a fight against each other, rather then the smallest heavyweights in history.
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