The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion revealed his plan, saying that he will definitely move up to the heavyweight division next year and he has already started preparing for that eventual move.
In a statement, Jones said: “I’ll definitely move up to heavyweight but it’ll probably be around 2013, maybe at the end of 2013. Right now I have a nutritionist and I’m starting to take the career a lot more serious than I used to so my weight cuts are getting a lot easier. I walk around a lot thinner naturally so right now I’m about 225, a 20 pound weight cut. That’s really easy. I might look bigger than everyone else I’m fighting but I’m really not.”
The statement from Jones created speculations that a fight with Anderson Silva will eventually happen. Silva previously turned down the planned super bout, saying that he will not move up in weight just to face Jones.
But while Silva is sure about his plans, UFC president Dana White continues to insist that both fighters will eventually agree to face each other because of the high amount of money that could be generated from the mega bout.
Silva recently said: “I guarantee you will absolutely happen. It’s happening. It will happen.”
Jones also looked cold with the idea of facing Silva. While he declined to give a direct answer when asked about the possible bout, Jones reiterated that he respects the Brazilian champion too much to face him next year.
Jones, who defeated Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 152 last month, will coach against Chael Sonnen in The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 before facing each other inside the Octagon for Jones’ light heavyweight title on April next year.