At a press conference on the sidelines of UFC 246, Jon Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, answered questions from the media. Among other things, he spoke about a possible switch to the heavyweight division, his rivalry with Israel Adesanya, the UFC middleweight champion, and his former roommate Colby Covington.
When will we finally see Jon Jones in the heavyweight division? For months he has repeatedly confirmed his interest in fighting in the premier class of martial arts. First, however, he defended his light heavyweight title on February 8th at UFC 247 against Dominick Reyes. Then he could take off in the heavyweight division.
“I think that is very possible,” said Jones. “I think I’ve cleared my weight class and I’m not going to sit around and wait for the next challenger. I tried to fight Stipe Miocic and I really thought it could work. But instead ‘Stipe vs. DC 3 ‘instead. At that point, I was really ready to switch to the heavyweight division and hit some of these big boys. ”
In the past few months, Jones has also had word battles with another UFC champion, Israel Adesanya, the middleweight titleholder. Since he is too heavy even for the middleweight, he asks Adesanya to face him in the light heavyweight division.
“If Israel were to fight me, it would be a huge fight for sport,” said Jones. “Many people ask me why I would force Israel to switch to the light heavyweight division? There is a huge difference in weight between me and the heavyweights; there are only seven to nine kilos between me and Israel. So if Israel really wanted to fight me, it would switch. But he’s a pussy, you can’t say that. “
Jones also spoke about a fourth weight class, the welter weight. The main fight of UFC 245 is Colby Covington, with whom he had shared a room at college in Iowa for a semester. Their relationship deteriorated in recent years as Covington used Jones’ misconduct to crack jokes and scoff at him.
“Ultimately, Colby is a notorious liar, he really is,” said Jones. “I made a lot of mistakes and many people don’t think I’m a good person. But let me tell you, Colby is a really bad person. It is no coincidence that Tyron Woodley met him and hates him. Jorge Masvidal met him and hates him. I lived with him and I don’t like him. Anyone who knows him knows that he is a corrupt person. I think the MMA community will notice that over the years. ”