Jones has officaly stated he would like to have one more title defense if he beats Sonnen before he moves up to heavyweight, or even before considering any super fights. He also stated in Monday’s conferance call that he wants to break Tito Ortiz’s record for successful title defences. If he did this Jones would tie that record with a win over Sonnen, and hopes to break the record in a November fight.
“One thing I’ve been contemplating is first tying, and then establishing the record of the most wins in my next fight in November, and then after that fight in November, entertaining super fights and heavyweight fights.”
Jones in the past five years has beaten five straight former light heavyweight champions, starting when he claimed the title against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and most recently earning submission win against Vitor Belfort.
If Jones does win as expected to on Saturday, it is unclear who his final light-heavyweight opponent would be. Lyoto Machida, Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier are all potential candidates. Machida solidified his position as the number one ranked contender in the division when he beat Dan Henderson via split decision at UFC 157. However the Brazilian has previously lost to Jones, and beat the former. Gustafsson has risen up the 205 pound ranks with six straight wins in the UFC. He beat his highest calibre of opponent last time out against a former champion in Rua. Cormier a two time Olympian in free-style wrestling would pose a unique wrestling threat to the champion.
UFC 159 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with the aforementioned title fight placed as the main event this Saturday.