UFC Fighter Confirms He's In Talks To Face Jon Jones For The Light-Heavyweight Title

Jon Jones appears to be in talks for his next UFC fight.

The 31-year-old returned to the famed Octagon at UFC 232, and regained the UFC light-heavyweight title in stunning, stunning fashion.

He stopped Alexander Gustafsson in the third round to become a three-time UFC light-heavyweight champion.

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In his post-fight interview, Jones immediately called out long-time rival Daniel Cormier.

Jones was also called out by rising contender, Anthony Smith.

The No.3 ranked 205 lbs-fighter claims Jones is in talks with his camp for a fight this year.

"It sounds like he's in," he told TMZSports.

"Of course, [my manager] has already been talking to the UFC and I think that they're working that out and seeing what that looks like as far as timelines and stuff, but I'm in.

"Any time, any place, anywhere, I'm ready," Smith added. "I'll fight Jon this weekend if he wants to."

The 30-year-old has reeled off three impressive victories on the bounce, including scalps over UFC legends Rashad Evans and 'Shogun'. Most recently beating Volkan Oezdemir.

He's now in line for his first shot at UFC gold.

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If Jones does fight Smith, it'll delay a potential third match against Cormier.

Jones boasts two victories over Cormier but a third meeting has been mentioned. Brock Lesnar is also in the picture, too.

The ex-UFC heavyweight champion seems to be heading back to the cage this year, with bouts versus Jones and Cormier on deck should he return.

Smith, Cormier and Lesnar, just a few potential opponents for Jones in 2019.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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