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Dana White Wants Jon Jones to Fight Thiago Santos, Jones Not Yet Set On That

March 3, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Dana White wants to see Jon Jones fight Diego Santos next, but Jones himself isn’t set on that as a certainty. White spoke during last night’s post-UFC 235 press conference and said that he sees Santos as a great matchup for Jones, who beat Anthony Smith at the show.

“I love the Thiago Santos fight,” White said (per MMAjunkie). “I love that fight. I would love to see him versus Jon Jones…Thiago looks unbelievable at that weight, he’s big, I like his fighting style, and when you put Jon Jones in those type of fights, Jones shines. Jones sort of is one of those guys who rises to the level of his opponent. .. I think Thiago Santos is going to be one of those guys who comes in aggressive, moves forward and gives you the kind of fight that you’re used to seeing Jon Jones in.”

Jones was a little less committal, though he didn’t shoot down the opportunity. The light heavyweight champion said that he wants to take on all comers.

“Whoever it may be, I’m ready to take them all,” Jones said. “I think all these younger fighters should get their opportunity at a world title. When you’re sitting in my position, its like, who am I to deny people? I’m not going to talk ahead too much. I’m going to get with my coaches. We are a close, tight-knit family. This career is not mine, it’s all of ours. We’re going to talk about what we want next, who we want to fight next and just play it like that.”

Jones is particularly keen on a possible Brock Lesnar fight, though White said Lesnar is going to be Daniel Cormier’s next opponent.