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Jon Jones Says He’s Got Years Left In Light Heavyweight Division

February 6, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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MMA Weekly reports that during the UFC 247 athlete panel, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said that he still has years left in his run in the 205 division. Here are highlights:

On if he would ever move to another division: “At the end of the day, I feel like if it’s not broke don’t fix it. So much has been going right in the light heavyweight division. I feel like there’s always going to be great competition as long as guys are dreaming and aspiring to achieve great things. It’s going to be my job to stay where I’m at and to be a dream killer in a way. I’ve got a lot more years at the light heavyweight division, but I’m also excited to challenge myself.”

On what would make him move to heavyweight: “I know at the end of the day, it’s about the fans. It’s about giving the fans what they want. Unlike boxing, sometimes they hold off on great fights. Like (Floyd) Mayweather (and) (Manny) Pacquaio, that fight waited too long. I want to be a part of giving the fans what they want when they want it. If you guys are desiring me to go to the heavyweight division, then I think the UFC’s going to feel that demand and we’re going to make it happen.”

On what’s most important to him: “I think it’s growing. It’s growing at the end of the day. Dominick [Reyes] said something on Instagram and you can take it two ways. He said ‘being a champion isn’t about winning the belt, it’s about the person you become in life and it’s about having love and things like that,’ and I totally agree with that. The other half of me feels like that’s his way of preparing himself for a defeat. But at the end of the day, being a martial artist, what it means to me is being aware there’s so many things we can work on. Whether that’s in your relationship, as a father, as an athlete. I say a black belt is a black belt because they know how much they don’t know yet. I truly stand here as a guy who has so much more to learn about life. There’s people who have lost several times and they’ll be champions until the day they die. So it’s really not about winning or losing. It’s about the journey. It’s about self-improvement.”

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