For Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (17-1), a jump to the Heavyweight division is inevitable.
At the young age of 24, standing 6'4" and with one of the largest frames at 205 pounds, there's only so long Jones' body will allow him to make the light heavyweight limit in a healthy fashion.
"Bones" is certainly aware of this and that's the reason he has never been shy to answer questions about the move. And in a recent Metro PCS fan chat, Jones opened up about his future in the Heavyweight division.
"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."
Jones was asked about a hypothetical match up with former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, and the native of New York said it's a match up that would certainly interest him down the road.
"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. "
Jones told fans watching the chat that he is determined to break Tito Ortiz's record for the most light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history before thinking about any super fights with the likes of Anderson Silva or making a move to heavyweight.
Ortiz's record sits at five, while Jones currently owns four title defenses since capturing the belt from Mauricio Rua in March 2011. That means Jones has the desire to face off with at least two more contenders at 205 pounds before making the jump.
A question was asked if Jones would try to become the first man ever to hold simultaneous UFC titles, and "Bones" said when he goes to heavyweight, that's where he'll remain.
"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."
Even with focus on his division, more importantly his April 27, 2013, bout against Chael Sonnen, solely in mind, Jones already has an idea of what weight he would compete at when the eventual move to the UFC's largest weight class occurs.
"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."
Jones and Sonnen recently concluded filming of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they served as coaches to a group of aspiring UFC fighters. The debut episode airs Tues., Jan. 22, 2013, on FX with the two coaches facing off for the light heavyweight title next April in New Jersey.
UFC champion Jon Jones plans to weigh 240 pounds for eventual heavyweight move, would ‘love to fight' Cain Velasquez