Jon Jones planning superfight with Velasquez in 2014
The UFC's heavyweight champion has become a trendy target this month for lighter title holders. First it was Ronda Rousey; now, Jon Jones wants a piece of Cain Velasquez.
There's still some work to do in the light heavyweight division, but 'Bones' is thinking superfight.
The 205-pound champion wants a match up with heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez "within the next year," he said at The Gentlemen's Expo, a consumer show in Toronto, this weekend.
"I've been really thinking about me and Cain Velasquez going at it," Jones said. "I think it'll be huge for the sport."
Jones said he would have to add 10 pounds of muscle for a heavyweight bout with Velasquez. He walks around at around 230 pounds regularly and wants to be 240 for that fight. Velasquez weighed in at 241 for his fight with Junior dos Santos last month.
As far as moving up to heavyweight permanently, Jones said that could happen "within the next two years." Right now, he's taking the rest of the year off due to injuries sustained in September's fight with Alexander Gustafsson and he'll meet Glover Teixeira sometime in March or April.
Jones will likely meet Gustafsson in a rematch of their controversial decision if he can beat Teixeira and if Gustafsson can get past Jimi Manuwa in March. Then maybe Velasquez?
"I think it would be a really entertaining fight," Jones said. "Don't be surprised if that happens sooner rather than later."
Jones, 26, says he's going to retire at 30. So time is of the essence for perhaps the biggest fight the UFC can do right now.