Two of the Greatest Fighters in UFC History Could be Set to Cross Paths in the Near Future… Cain Velasquez Has Been Sent a Stark Warning by Jon Jones, After the Light-Heavyweight Champion Confirmed His Ambition to Move up a Division in the Near Future…
Jon Jones is arguably the most talented fighter on the UFC roster today. You can make a strong case that he’s not the GOAT because of his PED test failures, nor even the most accomplished, because other fighters have more title defences and won multiple divisions. But in terms of sheer technical ability, there’s few that match up to ‘Bones.’
His rivalry with Daniel Cormier is well-documented. He’s been pushing for that third fight with the current heavyweight champion. However, a stablemate of ‘DC’s has now been targeted by Jones. Cain Velasquez spoke out about how he thought he could beat the 205lb champion.
Now Jones has sent a warning to the heavyweight division that he is coming. A move up in weight looks like it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.
Many believe that the two-time heavyweight champion Velasquez is the division’s greatest ever fighter – in the UFC at least. His injuries have slowed down his career drastically. The former champ hasn’t fought since 2016 but is finally set to come back against the very dangerous Francis Ngannou. When asked by TMZ if he thought he could beat Jon Jones though, he had this to say:
“I think I could. I think I’m good enough. Jon Jones, he’s an amazing athlete. I’ve watched him in all his fights. I know what he’s capable of. Again, every guy poses a great challenge. I think he does, as well. I think I could beat him.”
That would be an absolutely massive fight.
These comments did not pass unnoticed. Jones has responded to Velasquez, and unsurprisingly he thinks he would beat the San Jose based fighter. He put the entire heavyweight division on blast with a stark warning. He wrote on Instagram:
“Your confidence is going to have to be on lock in order to beat me my guy. Can’t be talking about “I think I can.” I feed off picograms of self-doubt, and I can smell it from miles away. For now let’s just focus on the fights ahead of us. My heavyweight days are inevitable.”
Nobody is more confident than Jones.
First of all, both men have business to take care of. Velasquez could wind up getting knocked into the shadow realm by Ngannou, so you can bet the Cameroonian is his focus right now. It’s not his fault TMZ asks stupid questions. Meanwhile, Jones has his own upcoming fight. He’s set to take on the light-heavyweight division’s surprise star of 2018, in Anthony Smith.
That fight goes down in March in Las Vegas, after Jones was given a licence to fight once by the Nevada Athletic Commission. If he beats Smith, he will have effectively cleared out the entire division. A move up seems inevitable. With Daniel Cormier set to retire in the near future, could we see a title fight between Jones and Velasquez for the vacant belt?