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Jon Jones: 'I Want to Fight 4 Times This Year'

Courtesy of ESPN.com
Courtesy of ESPN.com
Mike HodgesCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2012

After having an unprecedented run last year, Jon Jones is ready to return to the Octagon and continue his dominance throughout the light heavyweight division.

After defeating Ryan Bader at UFC 126, Jones went on to capture the UFC light heavyweight crown from Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. He then successfully defended it against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Lyoto Machida. Following his recent victory over Machida at UFC 140, the 24-year-old said he would like to take some time off and relax.

However, it looks like Jones might ditch that idea and come back sooner than later.

"Originally I said I wanted to take off four or five months, but I may reconsider and come back sooner and have three or four fights this year," Jones told ESPN.com.

Should the 205-pound champion decide to return, it is expected that he would compete in April, which would likely see him square off against either Rashad Evans or Dan Henderson. Evans is scheduled to meet light heavyweight prospect Phil Davis at UFC on FOX 2 on January 28.

Jones' four consecutive wins have led many fans to consider it the most successful year ever produced by a mixed martial artist. And after having such a remarkable year, Jones is poised to replicate that same success.

"I've been thinking recently about trying to compete four times in the year again. I grew so much as a person that by doing that again in 2012 will just make me a better athlete," he said. "My goal is to finish every fight in 2012. If I do that, a lot of other things will fall into place naturally."

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