UFC 135 Results: Dana White and Jon Jones Have Talked About Move to Heavyweight

Brian Oswald@@briancoswaldMMA Editor September 25, 2011

Photo by Esther Lin of MMA Fighting
Photo by Esther Lin of MMA Fighting

Is Jon Jones unstoppable at light heavyweight?

It would appear so after his one-sided victory over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson last night at UFC 135. Jackson had his moments but, really, he had nothing to offer the 24-year-old champ who made the first successful defense of his 205-pound title. 

Up next for Jon Jones is former friend and training partner Rashad Evans in a fight that was supposed to happen earlier this year but was nixed due to a hand injury sustained by Jones. 

While we don't know exactly when those two will fight, it will likely be in the first quarter of 2012 based on the current UFC schedule. Assuming Jones wins over Evans, he will at some point have to face the Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua winner—those two fight at UFC 139—along with possible bouts against Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis, depending on how everything shakes out. 

But many feel that no one in the light heavyweight division will pose a threat to Jones, much like no one in the middleweight division has been able to offer Anderson Silva much of a challenge. 

The next logical step for Jones—at some point—would be a move up to the heavyweight division.

If that seems like a far fetched reality, think again. At the UFC 135 post-fight press conference last night, Dana White said he and Jones had talked about the possibility of "Bones" moving up in weight should he clean out his current division.  

Think about a dream fight of Jon Jones vs. current heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez. Or Jones vs. Brock Lesnar. Perhaps Jones vs. Allistair Overeem is more to your liking. Jones at heavyweight is certainly an appealing notion and given the fact that Jones stands 6'4" and has a ridiculous 84.5-inch reach, he could easily fill out and add muscle to his currently ripped yet lanky physique. 

While a dream fight of Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones may never happen, perhaps fans can start salivating over the prospect of Jones vs. the heavyweight division. Whether it happens as soon as 2012 remains to be seen.