Junior dos Santos open to heavyweight tilt with Jon Jones

UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones recently came forward to confirm his interest in giving heavyweight at a go at some point in the next 12-18 months. While “Bones” has the build to bulk up and other-worldly abilities to boot, he’ll certainly have his work cut out for him considering the talent possessed by the likes of Cain Velasquez, Alistair Overeem, and of course Junior dos Santos.

Dos Santos, who holds the division’s belt, was asked about the possibility of fighting Jones at some point in the future. Though the affable Brazilian admitted he respects his title-wearing peer on a personal level, he also explained he was open to facing any opponent the UFC gives him including Jones if such comes to pass.

Jones’ Stance on Heavyweight Move

“People like to imagine a lot of things right,” Dos Santos joked in an interview with UFC Tonight. “I think Jon Jones is an amazing fighter. He is really good, he is so confident, and I like him a lot. He is very nice with me and I’m nice with him.”

“But, well, I don’t know…I don’t care about the other belts. I got the heavyweight belt,” he continued, showing some hesitation before changing directions. “There is just one baddest man on the planet, and I think I am this guy now. So, if he moves up to the heavyweight division, I will think about that. If the UFC put him in front of me to challenge me, we’re going to fight, and I will give my best.”

Next up for Dos Santos is a title-defense against Velasquez at UFC 155. Likewise, Jones is scheduled to coach against Chael Sonnen on TUF 17 before the two tussle in late April.

Check out the full interview with Dos Santos below:

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