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Jon Jones not interested in move up to heavyweight

Jon Jones

UFC champion Jon Jones is no longer interested in moving up to the heavyweight division because he believes there are plenty of challenges for him at light heavyweight.

Jones (19-1) is set to face Glover Teixeira (22-2) Saturday at UFC 172 in Dallas, which could be a challenge even if Jones is listed as a heavy favorite. Beyond that, he has a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson to take care of and then some other potential fights. He says that has his attention more than heavyweight matchups.

“I have no interest [in fighting Cain Velasquez] at this point,” Jones said during Monday’s UFC 172 conference call via 5th Round. “There’s a lot of great competition for me to test myself against [at light heavyweight].

“Glover Teixeira, obviously, being first on the agenda. What a great challenge that will be. People are interested in rematches [with Alexander Gustafsson]. Phil Davis said he’s going to crumble me like a cookie. Lots of competition left for me and I’m excited to meet them all.”

I used to feel like Bones had to move up to heavyweight to really be tested, but his close fight with Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September changed my mind. I’m very intrigued to see the fights with Teixeira and Gustafsson for now and think that Jones definitely has a lot on the line against them. If he’s able to win a few of these tough ones, then maybe heavyweight might be the way to go. But for now, he definitely has some interesting competition ahead of him.

Jon Jones claims he was hacked after anti-gay Instagram comments

Jon Jones beltJon Jones sent a tweet Tuesday night saying he was hacked and pleading his innocence hours after a kid on Instagram claimed that the UFC star wrote homophobic comments on his pictures.

The person making the accusations is an MMA fan named Daniel Javid, who goes by “Champagnedanii” on Instagram and boasts in his bio that he’s an a–hole.

On Tuesday, Javid posted a screenshot of what he says are name-calling, homophobic comments Jones left on his Instagram pictures.

“Jon Jones stalked me on insta through twitter, blocked me & called me a fag 5 times. @AlexTheMauler knock him out – #ufc #jonjones #alexandergustafsson” the person wrote on Instagram.

He included this screenshot, which shows homosexual-related comments Jones’ account left on his pictures:

Jon Jones Instagram

What prompted everything? Javid sent this tweet and the same comment on Instagram to Jones just before the Instagram messages came:

Javid told LBS that he was born and raised in Sweden and is a big fan of MMA star Alexander Gustafsson. The Gustafsson angle is likely why Jones had so much hostility towards him.

Jones tried to clear everything up with this tweet:

Are you buying it? Javid doesn’t believe he was hacked. He points out that Jones posted a picture of himself on Instagram a few hours after the comments on his picture came, which is a sign to him that Jones was still controlling the account.

H/T MiddleEasy via tipster KrisBrewski

Jon Jones is not at all worried about Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson may have impressed most spectators with his knockout win over Shogun Rua at “UFC Fight Night 3″ on Sunday, but Jon Jones isn’t exactly quaking in his boots.

Jones and Hendo have never fought, and that’s because Henderson pulled out of their scheduled UFC 151 fight with a knee injury. Hendo was the top contender at the time, but he went on to lose his next three fights, which took him out of the picture to fight Bones.

Last year, Jones even explained why he had no real interest in fighting Hendo; that shipped had obviously sailed.

After Hendo’s big win over Rua Sunday, someone on Twitter tweeted to Jones that he should be worried about Hendo. Jones was quite dismissive of the thought.

Jon Jones tweet

Jones later deleted the tweet. Maybe he didn’t want to cause a stir for talking crap about someone else. It was too late for that, as the tweet had already been captured.

Jones really shouldn’t worry; Hendo poses no real threat to him anymore.

Tweet via JacobReynosa

Jon Jones implies UFC is spending too much time pushing Ronda Rousey

Jon JonesRonda Rousey is one of the most marketable faces in mixed martial arts. She’s a woman, she’s attractive, and she has dominated the UFC since becoming the first female fighter to sign with the organization in 2012. Dana White loves promoting her and for good reason, but does Jon Jones think too much time is being spent on it?

Jones is scheduled to defend his light heavyweight championship for the seventh time against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26. Rousey will defend her title against Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Feb. 22. Jones feels that Rousey’s fight is receiving more attention, and he’s not surprised by it.

“We don’t always see eye-to-eye with the UFC, so I don’t know if they are always necessarily pushing me and whether that’s a smart idea on their end or not. Who knows?” Jones told Bloody Elbow last week. “I do know that they are pushing Ronda Rousey really hard, and she’s gotten a lot of great opportunities. I don’t know what they’re going to do, but I’m pushing myself all the time so, I’m not really worried.”

Jones recently said he wants to fight Cain Velasquez or schedule some sort of “superfight” sooner rather than later. When Dan Henderson pulled out of his fight against Jones before UFC 151 because of injury, Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen as a replacement. That would have been a huge draw, and his refusal infuriated Dana White. Sonnen later admitted that he and Henderson set Jones up.

The man they call “Bones” also angered White when he wrecked his car in a DUI back in May 2012. He was once hand-picked as the fighter UFC wanted to market the most, and that seems to have cooled off a bit. Jones thinks that is because he is different from old school fighters.

“I know that I’m a lot different from some of the guys from the past,” he explained. “Guys like Chuck Liddell, and guys like Matt Hughes that would just get up and do anything, anytime, and never voice their opinion. I’m trying to change a lot of things in the game — making sure the fighters are being respected, making sure our own brands are being respected, things like that. We just don’t always see eye-to-eye on everything. Either way it works out.”

Jones is 19-1 and is one of the UFC’s best fighters. He is still a huge draw, so he will be marketed plenty. That said, Rousey is defending her title just two months after her last fight. Jones’ pickiness almost certainly discourages White and company on some level.

H/T Yahoo! Sports 

Jon Jones wants to fight Cain Velasquez, thinks it could happen soon

Jon JonesJon Jones says he wants to fight Cain Velasquez, and the UFC light heavyweight champion believes the fight could happen sooner than you think.

At The Gentleman’s Expo in Toronto last weekend, Jones was asked if he has considered changing weight classes.

“Yeah, definitely,” Jones answered the fan. “I think that’s going to happen within the next two years. I’ll go up to heavyweight permanently.

“I am looking to take a superfight sooner than later — within the next year. I’ve been really thinking about me and Cain Velasquez going at it. I think it’ll be huge for the sport.”

Jones is 19-1, with his only loss coming by disqualification, and he has pretty much run through the light heavyweight division. He was challenged by Alexander Gustafsson in his last fight, and Glover Teixeira could also be a tough contender. Maybe he would face one or the other before moving up permanently.

One reason why Jones is looking at Velasquez, the current UFC heavyweight champion, is because he believes the 6-foot-1, 249-pound opponent is more his size.

“He’s definitely the toughest guy in the division and he’s not that big, so I think it would be a really entertaining fight. Don’t be surprised if you see that sooner than later.”

Jones said he weighs about 230 pounds right now and would gain about 10 pounds of muscle to fight someone like Cain. I’d love to see it happen.

I’ve said in the past that for Jones to really be challenged, he would have to move up in weight. The good news for MMA fans is it sounds like that will happen before too long.

Glove touch to Fox Sports, Bloody Elbow

Jon Jones wants to fight a Klitschko brother in boxing

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Jon Jones is among the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA, if not the best. He is looking to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship for the sixth straight time when he faces Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on Saturday night. Jones is 18-1 and has only lost by disqualification, so he has never really been defeated by an opponent in the octagon. Many don’t think he’ll be challenged in the UFC unless he moves up to heavyweight. But Jones does have another challenge in mind.

Jon Jones beltDuring an interview with FOX 11′s James Koh in Los Angeles last week, Jones said he wanted to fight one of the Klitschko brothers in boxing to see if he could become a world champion in two combat sports.

“The thought of boxing has become way more real to me and it’s something I may be entertaining in the future, for sure,” Jones told Koh.

“[I'd like to fight] one of the Klitschko brothers,” said Jones, who believes he could compete with them. “You surround yourself with the right people and have a good healthy camp, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible for me to compete with those guys. You never know, maybe I’ll be able to come away with a victory against one of those guys.”

If Jones were to fight one of the Klitschkos, the more realistic possibility is Wladimir, who is the WBA, IBO, WBO and IBF champion. Vitali is the WBC champion, but he is 42, a politician in Ukraine, and hasn’t fought in over a year.

Jones would like his shot at one of them.

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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.