Jon “Bones” Jones is dominating the Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight scene so easily that a move to heavyweight is now a realistic career move.
Jones was dominant as he unanimously beat bitter rival Daniel Cormier in Las Vegas on Saturday night to defend his 205-pound title for the eighth consecutive time.
Jones won four of the five rounds on the judges’ cards at UFC 182 with an array of kicks, punches and takedowns. Cormier gave him his sternest test yet as champion, but Jones was never really troubled.
One reason Cormier fought Bones is that he was a heavyweight contender but opted to move down a weight division to avoid being matched against his teammate and friend, the current champion, Cain Velasquez.
Jones said he would fight Velasquez “in a heartbeat,” partly because he is a member of the American Kickboxing Academy, considered the best mixed martial arts gym in the U.S.
Jones said he wants to pick off AKA’s top fighters one by one, and he believes his team is better.
Although exceptionally tall for a light-heavy at 6 feet, 4 inches, Jones said making the weight is no longer a problem, and he is not anxious to move up to mix it with the big boys.
He is more disciplined in his diet, and he is relocating his family from New York to New Mexico, enabling him to train year-round instead of just going to training camp in Albuquerque for each fight.
Even though he is only 27, Jones is already being touted as the best UFC fighter ever. But that accolade would only really resonate if he won the heavyweight title and defended it convincingly at least a couple of times.
“My plan is to become the greatest fighter of all time. It’s so feasible. It’s so attainable,” Jones said. “All I’ve got to do is stay focused and keep believing just the way I believe and to keep working. I do believe 2015 will be the year I solidify it.”