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Jones destined for heavyweight future

Jones is the current light heavyweight champion. (©GettyImages)
Jones is the current light heavyweight champion. (©GettyImages).

Jon Jones has made no secret of his desire to move up to the UFC's heavyweight division. With his victory over Chael Sonnen back at UFC 159 in April, he became the longest-reigning UFC light heavyweight champion of all time.

He will face the biggest test of his championship reign next week when he faces rangy Swede Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. This will be his sixth title defence, and if successful, it would be difficult to keep Jones in the light heavyweight division.

Glover Teixeira is the number one contender after knocking out Ryan Bader in Belo Horizonte at Fight Night 28. People may question weather Glover deserves a shot, however, as he has never faced a top 10-ranked opponent and his biggest victory came over a depleted Rampage Jackson. 

Another opponent that may keep Jones at light heavyweight is Daniel Cormier. He and Jones have recently traded insults, and despite Jones belief that Cormier doesn't belong with him in the octagon, it's hard to look past Cormier's recent results.

Although Cormier is fighting at heavyweight once again at UFC 166, when he faces Roy Nelson, he has already confirmed that he will fight Jones if the chance comes up. Cormier has racked up impressive wins over Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva, Josh Barnett and Frank Mir, so to totally dismiss Cormier as a potential opponent for Jones would be unfair.

Jones always wanted to break Tito Ortiz's reign as light heavyweight champion, and he did that at UFC 159. Jones has beaten nearly everyone except Teixeira and Cormier, and with the UFC confirming that Teixeira will be his next opponent, if he defeats Gustafsson next week, it is hard to see Jones staying at light heavyweight for very long at all.

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