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Jon Jones envisions a career in acting after he’s done fighting

Jon-Bones-JonesUFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones has plenty of fight left in him. He has not lost a bout since December of 2009, and even then it was by way of disqualification for throwing illegal elbows. However, Jones has already formulated a long-term plan for his career.

When he calls it quits in the octagon, Jones is hoping to make it in Hollywood. He recently said he’d like to model his career after that of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

“I’d like to model my acting career on Dwayne Johnson, the way he came out of (WWE) and started off tough guy roles and then moved over to doing ‘Tooth Fairy,’” Jones said, via the Star-Gazette. “That’s when you really saw that he could act, and he’s the one I admire and respect a lot, so I know I’d love to model my acting career after (him).”

With a win over Alexander Gustafsson in September at UFC 165, Jones would become the most successful light heavyweight in UFC history. He is only 24 years old and already has 19 career professional fights, so his fighting career is likely going to end at a relatively young age. That’s why Jones has already been meeting with Hollywood executives.

“Those meetings went great,” he explained. “I realize that they see that I have a little bit of character on me, and with the right training, I could possibly be in some movies in the future.

“As an entertainer, I think acting is one of the highest levels you can get, and right now, I’m doing pretty well in my field, which is the martial arts world. To branch out a little bit and get my feet wet there and maybe prepare myself for a career after this career, I think it’s all part of the plan.”

Right now, Jones’ fighting does the talking. In order to succeed in Hollywood, his talking would have to do the talking. We have already seen Gina Carano successfully transition into acting and we know Ronda Rousey has landed some roles in upcoming films. Randy Couture has done the same by starring in “The Expendables.” With time on his side, Jones should at least be given a shot.

Daniel Cormier says Jon Jones is like a 16-year-old girl

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Daniel Cormier fired back at Jon Jones, who recently dismissed the heavyweight as a potential opponent.

Cormier initiated things when he again said he wanted a shot at Jones’ light heavyweight title. Jones was irked that he had to respond to Cormier.

“I hate answering questions about [Cormier],” Jones said last week at the UFC World Tour stop in Los Angeles, via MMA Junkie. “He’s just not relevant to me. There’s so many great fighters in the light-heavyweight division. He’s not even top five in his division. I’m not sure if he is.

“He has, like, 20,000 Twitter followers. He has short reach, bad cardio (and) he looked terrible in his last fight. It’s like, I’m not worried about him at all.”

[Previously: Daniel Cormier wants Jon Jones]

Contrary to what Jones says, Cormier is not irrelevant. He is one of the top heavyweight contenders in the UFC. And he doesn’t like Jones dismissing him.

“When I hear his quote, it’s like a 16-year old girl,” Cormier said during Fuel TV’s UFC 163 post-fight show, per MMA TV. “Jon Jones, grow up bud, we’re going to fight regardless of how you feel. And when we do and I’m cutting the line and you might as well pull the guard because I’m taking you down.”

This reminds me a lot of the Chael Sonnen-Jon Jones situation. Jones was initially dismissive of Sonnen, because Chael clearly did not belong in the octagon with Jones. But Sonnen managed to talk his way into a fight with Jones and got destroyed. Maybe Cormier, who also called out Jones in January, is banging the drum loud enough to get Dana White to give him a fight. I know one thing: if Cormier faces Jones, he’ll give him a much, much tougher fight than Chael ever did.

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Jon Jones bought a pet African serval

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It must be exotic pet week or something in the world of professional sports, because Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett isn’t the only pro athlete who has a surprising new member of his family. Dockett bought a pet tiger earlier this week, and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones followed suit by getting a wild cat of his own on Friday.

“I picked up a African Serval today!!” Jones wrote on Twitter along with the photo you see above. “It’s a lot of cat!! really excited for the challenge.”

[Related: Jon Jones has some weight to lose before his next fight]

Servals range from about 20 to 40 pounds, so Jones’ new pal should be easier to handle than Dockett’s. That being said, I’ve gathered from the serval Wikipedia page that they are still pretty fierce hunters and are nocturnal. That doesn’t sound like pet behavior to me, but someone who can win a fight with a broken toe is probably capable of handling it.

Jon Jones has some weight to lose before his UFC 165 fight

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Jon Jones has spent the past three months recovering from a toe injury sustained in his win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 159, and he’s gained some weight during that time. Jones has been eating junk food during his recovery and now has a slight gut working.

But Jones isn’t at all worried. He knows that he will get back in shape before his UFC 165 fight against Alexander Gustafsson on Sept. 21 in Toronto, so he’s having some fun with his pudge while he’s got it.

Jones tweeted the picture seen above and said that would be the last of his gut because he’s bringing sexy back:

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Anderson Silva does not think he could beat Jon Jones

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Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are widely considered to be the top two pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. They have each expressed reluctance to fight one another despite calls for them to meet.

Jones, a light heavyweight who may eventually move up to heavyweight, has said he will not move down in weight. He also said he and Silva have too much to lose by fighting each other. Silva has waffled on whether he would be open to facing Jones, and now we know the reason for his hesitance: he does not think he would beat Jones.

“Jon Jones, in his class, is the best,” Silva told MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle at a media luncheon on Monday. “If I fight Jon Jones, I’m don’t think I’m going to win.”

Silva told Doyle that he sees a lot of his younger self in Jones.

“He’s large. He’s young. But, in the fight, I see in Jon Jones, I see myself from a long time ago. He’s very smart.”

Silva also told Doyle that the only advantage he would give himself in a fight with Jones is experience.

Jones heard about Silva’s comments and responded over Twitter.

For all we know, Silva could have just been messing with Doyle, but I tend to think he was sharing his true thoughts on the fight. Jones is very similar to Silva. He is every bit as devastating, only he is younger, bigger, and stronger than the Spider. I probably wouldn’t be too interested in fighting Jones if I were him, either. GSP, though, is a much different story.

Chael Sonnen admits he and Dan Henderson set up Jon Jones

Jon Jones Chael Sonnen UFC 159Chael Sonnen made a huge admission over the weekend that should change the way fans view the disastrous UFC 151 fight card.

You may recall that UFC 151 was supposed to be headlined by Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson on Sept. 1, 2012. Henderson pulled out of the fight because of a knee injury, and the entire card was cancelled after Jones declined a fight with Sonnen, who would have replaced Hendo on eight days’ notice.

UFC boss Dana White lashed out at Jones for declining the fight. Fans followed White’s lead and ripped Jones. Even I went after Jones for his painfully corporate attitude.

But now we’re seeing that Jones was being set up by Sonnen and Henderson, which isn’t too surprising.

According to MMA Fighting, Sonnen admitted on “UFC Tonight: Fight Edition” on Fuel TV on Sunday that he was tipped off about Hendo and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira’s recent injury, the latter of which allowed him to secure an upcoming fight with Shogun Rua.

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Jon Jones thinks he would be competitive boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Jon JonesJon Jones and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are among the best pound-for-pound fighters in their respective sports. Jones might be the best MMA fighter in the world — Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre could also make arguments for the top pound-for-pound spot. In boxing, the Klitschko brothers and Canelo Alvarez are top pound-for-pound fighters, but few would dispute the undefeated Mayweather being listed at No. 1.

While boxing is one of the elements of mixed martial arts, it is not exactly Jones’ specialty. He is a wrestler who crushes his opponents with Muay Thai techniques such as vicious knees and elbow. Still, Jones, who is 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, thinks he could compete with Mayweather in a boxing ring.

“It would probably be a pretty competitive match,” Jones told Power 105.1 recently.

But Jones doesn’t think such a fight would feel right because boxing restricts so much of what is allowed in MMA competition.

“Fighting Floyd Mayweather wouldn’t even be right. Nobody would want to see that.”

Jones also explained why he prefers MMA to one single discipline.

“It’s the true art of fighting to do everything.”

I know that Jones is an awesome MMA fighter and that he has a significant size advantage over the 5-foot-8, 147-pound Mayweather, but let’s be real: Mayweather is one of the best boxers in the planet. If we’re talking strictly boxing, Jones is probably considered below average. Regardless of size, Floyd would win that fight. And don’t even get me started with how it would go in MMA. As we saw with James Toney, the UFC is no place for a boxer. Not unless you’re also competent as a wrestler and schooled in practices like Jiu-Jitsu.

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