Jon Jones: ‘I would like to retire by 30’

Don’t look for Jon Jones to break Anderson Silva’s
record of seven straight years holding a UFC title.

The 26-year-old light heavyweight champion
said on a Baltimore-area radio show Wednesday
that he hopes to retire by the age of 30.

Silva is still one of the best fighters in the world –
maybe the best – at age 38. Georges St-Pierre is in his prime
at 32. Randy Couture, bless his heart, fought until age 48.

But Jones? He wants to call it quits in another four years.

“I think a man can be in his fighting prime until his
mid-30s,” Jones said. “Saying that, though, I would
like to retire by 30, so a few more years.”

Hey, maybe he’s the smart one. With
all the talk about brain injuries and chronic
traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the NFL, MMA and boxing, perhaps
it would be wise to retire early and try you hand at a new

It isn’t like Jones hasn’t already accomplished
milestone after milestone. He was the youngest UFC champion at 23.
He’s the greatest light heavyweight champion ever already. He
has deals with Nike and Gatorade. He’s posed for GQ.
on the cover of the UFC’s first EA Sports
video game
. The list goes on and on.

But it’s a safe bet that UFC president Dana White will say
the same thing about this comment that he did about Ronda Rousey
when she said she might only fight for another two years:
Fighters don’t make as much money elsewhere
as they do in the UFC

With Rousey, her plans make a little more sense. She just filmed
two big-budget Hollywood franchise movies, “
Fast & Furious 7” and “
Expendables III

Maybe Ronda can hook Jon up with her agent.