UFC Light-Heavyweight Jon Jones has backtracked on claims he could fight UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, and is now saying he has 'no interest' in moving up a division.
Jones is no stranger to 'super-fight' talk. Last year the media was pestering him with questions about a possible fight with Anderson Silva, before the Brazilian suffered a horrific injury against Chris Weidman.
While Jones has said he could move up a division if he wanted to, according to the official UFC on FOX Twitter account, he's said that he has 'no interest' in moving up to fight Velasquez - instead he's focused on facing all the challengers that the light heavyweight division has to throw at him.
He faces one of those challengers at UFC 172 on Saturday, Glover Teixeira (22-2), who is undefeated in his last 20 fights.
For some pundits like ex-UFC star, Chuck Liddell, Teixeira presents a match-up issue for Jones, and while Liddell is likely to have some bias as Teixeira is his Portuguese protegee, his comments do outline the serious threats which Jones has to look out for.
"I think he's a bad match up for him. I think he is going to make him take his shot, make him come after him and then he (Glover) is going to start hitting him (Jones) real hard and he (Jones) is not going to want to sit there and do that. I think he catches him in a submission or punching him," said Liddell.
Jones wasn't nearly as comfortable as he could've been in his previous fight against 'The Mauler' Alexander Gustafsson and that outing has seen the air of invincibility drop around the current champion.
Gustafsson is also one of the many contenders for possible fights coming up. With the division stacked near to the brim with potential challengers, there should be some more fight between top 10 contenders coming soon.
Phil Davis, Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson and Gustafsson all have a realistic chance to face Jones within the next year, while the likes of Jimi Manuwa and Ryan Bader also pose legitimate threats.
Either way, the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC knows he has a huge target on his back, not just from his own division, perhaps that's why he's so confident ahead of his fight Saturday. Yet should the upset happen and Teixeira walks out of the event as champion, then it's going to throw the whole division into chaos.
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