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    Default With divisional challenges ahead, Jon Jones in no rush to move to heavyweight

    With divisional challenges ahead, Jon Jones in no rush to move to heavyweight

    http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/7/30...ush-to-move-to

    Jones has faced the question enough that now he's ready to have some fun with it. During Tuesday's Los Angeles stop of the UFC World Tour, the champ playfully responded to the expected queries about such a move.

    "Look at this guy next to me?" he said, smiling as he turned to heavyweight title holder Cain Velasquez "Would you guys fight him? I don't know, guys. I don't know."

    Somehow, you knew that wasn't going to be the end of it. After going on to answer questions about his UFC 165 opponent Alexander Gustafsson, his odds of beating his NFL brothers Art and Chandler in a fight -- according to him, Art could "definitely" beat him, but Chandler definitely could not -- and the difficulties of growing up in the spotlight, the question came back around.

    Hadn't allusions been made to Jones' move in the past? Why was he backtracking now?

    "I just said that because Cainís next to me. I didn't want it to be awkward," he said, laughing, before moving on to his real answer.

    "Eventually," he said. "Iím getting older, Iím growing, I'm getting stronger. Why not? Yeah, for sure."

    But first, the Swede. At 6-foot-5, Gustafsson is actually an inch taller than Jones, making it a matchup capable of silencing the critics who chalk up his success to his size. This time, it's completely negated.

    For Jones, that's the exciting part, as if he needs to remind people that he was at a tremendous experience disadvantage when he shot through the ranks to capture the belt. As if he needs to reinforce his legitimacy.

    "I don't think your body really has much to do with the game," he said. "Obviously it helps, but itís really about your mind, your mentality, the way you train. I've been wrestling since I was 14 years old. I've been wanting to be a winner at life for a very long time, and now I have this opportunity to go as far as I can take it. And I know that. Will he be a tough challenge? Who knows? He could be, or maybe he won't. Iím going to train hard though."

    With that, it's as if he is saying that the outcome is not up to Gustafsson, it's up to him. That Gustafsson is just another domino to be knocked down. All Jones has to do is supply the power.

    Past that, he sees at last one more challenge. When UFC president Dana White was asked whether a win over Gustafsson would mean that Jones has swept the division of top contenders, some fans seemed to disagree, shouting out names.

    Jones, listening intently as he always does, seemed to hear one name among the many.

    "Glover," he said, without picking up the microphone, as if he was saying it to himself. With that, he nodded, perhaps charting his own future.
    And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus

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    http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...daniel-cormier
    UFC 165's Jon Jones talks about issues with 'not relevant to me' Daniel Cormier

    f he is.

    "He has, like, 20,000 Twitter followers. He has short reach, bad cardio (and) he looked terrible in his last fight. It's like, I'm not worried about him at all."

    Cormier, 34, wrestled at 211 pounds on the international circuit as well as in the Olympics, but was forced to withdraw from the 2008 Olympic team when he suffered kidney failure while cutting weight for the competition.

    For the record, he has over 57,000 followers on Twitter, and he is ranked No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings. In the UFC's official rankings, he is No. 2 behind champion Cain Velasquez and top contender and upcoming title challenger Junior dos Santos, making him effective No. 3 there, as well.

    Transitioning to MMA in 2009, "DC" fought at heavyweight, though he's entertained the idea of going to 205 pounds, particularly if it involved a fight with Jones.

    According to the owner of an MMA apparel company, the two already came to close to exchanging punches outside the cage. Todd Rexx, who runs TrauMMA Combat Apparel, said Jones rebuffed him at the 2011 World MMA Awards based on his relationship with Cormier. Cormier then confronted Jones.

    "Daniel walked outside and grabbed Jon by the arm, and spun him around and was like, "Dude, you got a f------ problem with me?'" said Rexx.

    "Jon said 'Yo, I think that you, (Muhammed) "King Mo" (Lawal) and Rashad Evans, ya'll full of yourselves.' He just talked s--- about Daniel."

    But according to Jones, the apparel rep's recollection of the incident is a little bit brighter than his.

    "[Cormier] had an altercation with me," Jones said. "I don't even know who him and his friend was at the time. Obviously, if they're doing interviews about it, it's a bigger deal to them than it ever was to me, and ever will be to me."
    And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus

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    Gus is one inch taller with only like a 75"-76" reach. Keep trying to sell this fight like the stats are even. This fight will be trash, it'll be davis vs gus 2

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    Bones turns into a catty 16 year old girl every single time DC gets brought up. I'm surprised Bones hasn't followed up one of his "I don't even know who this guy is. He is just so jealous of me, but I don't even care." Routines with a "I don't like bashing people, but I heard DC blew (insert cool teenager name here) right after the homecoming game. He is such a slut." Bit.
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    Meh. I really can't get excited for the Jones/Goose fight and I don't care about some silly altercation with DC.

    Wake me up when he fights Glover

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    If he can make 205 I don't care if he ever moves up in weight, go down in the history books as the best LHW ever.

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