Morning Report: Jon Jones wants superfight with Cain Velasquez, plans permanent heavyweight move within two years

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

While fans have long campaigned to see him face former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in some capacity, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones seems to be moving in another direction. Answering fan questions at an event in Toronto, Jones opened up on plans for moving to heavyweight and eventually facing champion Cain Velasquez.

"Yea, definitely. I think that's going to happen within the next two years," says Jones. "I'll go up to heavyweight, permanently. But I am looking to take a superfight sooner or later, within the next year. I'm excited for it. I've been really thinking about me and Cain Velasquez going at it. I think it'd be huge for the sport. He's definitely the toughest guy in the division and he's not that big so I think it'd be a really entertaining fight. Don't be surprised if you see that sooner or later."

Currently walking around at about 230 pounds, Jones says he's not far off the mark from making the move. "I would gain about 10 pounds of muscle and compete with him [Velasquez] around 240lbs."

At 6'4, Jones already enjoys a sizable reach advantage at 84.5 inches compared to Velasquez at 77 inches standing 6'1. Measurables aren't everything, but we all know how much size matters to the UFC.

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MEDIA STEW

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Johny Hendricks interview with Inside MMA.

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TWEETS

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Michael Shulski.

Bellator 109 Prelims: Three Prospects Shine

The Bellator 109 Prelims showcased three impressive prospects catching three stoppage victories in. Bubba Jenkins, Goiti Yamauchi and Blagoi Ivanov are relevant mma fighters in their respective weight divisions.

First, Bubba Jenkins showed that he improved his cardio. The commentators believed this to be the reason he has one loss on his record to Bubba LaRue. Against Ian Rammel, Jenkins was able to display his NCAA Division One Champion pedigree in a workman like victory. Jenkins used double leg takedowns, often with slams, to ground Rammel. He then went on to pound out Rammel in the third round. Now that Jenkins has addressed his cardio and pacing, it will be interesting where his next fight is. Hopefully, Bellator will put him in the lightweight tournament.

Goiti Yamauchi was seven pounds overweight for his clash with Saul Almeida. Normally a grappling whiz, Yamauchi was able to show off some precise, strong striking that sent Almeida crashing to the canvas in the first round. Earlier in the fight, Yamauchi showed off a thai clinch and knees that looked like they were straight out of Yamauchi's hometown of Curitiba. It was like Wanderlei Silva when he trained at Chute Box. At a young twnety years old, Yamauchi now holds a 16-1 record and could be lined up in the Bellator featherweight tournament in the future.

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