Jon Jones' Response When Asked If He'll Be In A UFC Super-Fight Next Will Excite Fans
Jon Jones has teased a UFC super fight with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and says he could "totally beat him".
Jones is set to defend his UFC light-heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 on Saturday.
But he's already eyeing his next opponent in the form of the UFC heavyweight champion as he aims to become the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two weight classes.
The 32-year-old spoke to Ariel Helwani and revealed his desire to face Miocic, while claiming he would have too much for the current heavyweight king based on his performances with Daniel Cormier.
"I really want to fight Stipe Miocic. I feel like I could beat him... I don't think I would need a tune up."@JonnyBones on the "really good chance" his next fight could be at heavyweight and going "straight for the king" (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/ZGKWIELse4
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 3, 2020
"There's a really good chance," Jones said when asked if his next fight will be at heavyweight. "I feel like I could beat him.
"I feel like I could totally beat him, just based on his performances with 'DC', our speed differences, my fight IQ, my versatility, my faith and confidence," he added. "I think I'm the guy to beat him, for sure. And I want to strike while I'm feeling hot. I don't think I would need a tuneup. I'm pretty tuned up. I'm pretty in tune. I feel great, I feel strong already."
Miocic isn't the only fighter linked to a UFC super fight with Jones. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has called for a showdown with the 205lbs champion who believes he's "scared" of fighting him.
"If he feels he's not cut out for the challenge now, if he honestly thinks I'm going to be somehow a weaker version of myself next year, he's sadly mistaken," Jones said about Adesanya.
"I'm just now figuring out training camps and figuring out different ways of healing and recovery and all these things. My teammates are getting stronger. I'm only a purple belt in jiu-jitsu.
"If he thinks I'm getting slower and weaker, he's sadly mistaken. He's scared today. He's made that very clear to the public. Nothing's going to change next year."
Jones is a two-time UFC light-heavyweight champion and has cleaned up the division. He's taken out a slew of legends in 'Shogun' Rua, 'Rampage' Jackson and Rashad Evans, among others, while defeating some of the newest crop of talent in Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.
He's long flirted with a move up to the heavyweight division and it appears a transition could be on the cards this year.