Jon Jones made a triumphant return to the Octagon in December, successfully defeating long-time nemesis Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of their 2013 classic.
It was a welcome victory for Jones, who had struggled in the last few years after numerous failed drugs tests.
His second victory over Daniel Cormier in 2017 was expunged from the record books after he tested positive for turinabol, and he hadn't fought competitively since.
Even his latest fight caused controversies as just a week before the date, UFC moved the whole show from Las Vegas to Los Angeles due to the Nevada State Athletic Commission refusing to license Jones, owing to inconsistencies with further drug tests.
But now he's past that and with his win over his Swedish rival, he can now look towards the future, and a clash with number 3 ranked light heavyweight Anthony Smith is on the horizon at UFC 235.
Smith is on a three-fight win streak and is a worthy challenger for 'Bones', but the majority of UFC fans want to see the trilogy between Cormier and Jones, ideally at heavyweight.
With DC turning 40 this March though, and also wanting to face the returning Brock Lesnar who he called out in July, the chances of that happening are getting narrower by the day.
But there is one heavyweight ready to step in if DC doesn't take the fight - Cain Velasquez.
Velasquez's training partner is none-other than Cormier, and has not fought in over two years since KOing Travis Browne at UFC 200.
And Velasquez issued a short response to MMA Fighting when quizzed on if he would step in and fight Jones should DC retire and if JJ would make the step-up a weight class.
“I hope so,” Velasquez said, per MMA Mania. “I’ll try to make that happen.”
Maybe Cain said it just in a tongue-in-cheek way, but Jones would be the money fight for everyone in the heavyweight division so it wouldn't be a surprise to see more target him in the near future.
First though, Velasquez needs to get past the dangerous Francis Ngannou, who he faces at UFC on ESPN 1 on February 17 in Phoenix.
If he does defeat the Frenchman, only then we can talk about him potentially dethroning Jones.News Now - Sport News