UFC champ Jones on Daniel Cormier: “He definitely won’t be getting a title fight”
Three days tell his UFC 165 light heavyweight fight against Alexander Gustafsson, champion Jon Jones is already thinking about his future in the division and sport. Jones told Jim Rome on his radio program he needs to take care of some work in the division, but definitely plans to fight in the heavyweight division someday.
“My biggest goal was to accomplish this record (of title defenses),” the champion said. “After that, I’m here for the fans, I’m an entertainer and if they want to see me against a certain heavyweight, I’ll talk to my team and my coaching staff, and see if it makes sense to us.”
One person Jones doesn’t have interest in fighting while staying at light heavyweight is the undefeated Daniel Cormier.
“He definitely won’t be getting a title fight,” said Jones. “I don’t think I’d accept a fight against him. He’s a guy I don’t respect at all.”
Not only does Jones have future aspirations in other divisions, he’s considering a fight in a different sport. Jones told Rome he wants to box one of the Klitschko brothers. Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko collectively hold all of the heavyweight boxing belts.
“I know it sounds ludicrous to a lot of boxing fans,” said Jones. “But I think it takes the believers to step out and be the crazy one until he makes things come to pass. I believe with the resources I have, a solid 2-3 year camp of just really dedicating my life to boxing, I think I can compete with these guys.”
As far as how long Jones plans to compete in combat sports, the 26-year-old told Rome that while he’s impressed by what Floyd Mayweather is doing at 36, he doesn’t plan on being around in 10 years.
“I want to leave the sport with a good head on my shoulders,” said Jones. “Not taking a lot of damage, so I can have a great time in my 50’s and my 60’s, and 70’s. Preserve my brain, get out early and have money make money for me in different business.”