UFC's Junior Dos Santos Says Jon Jones Will Be Tough at Heavyweight

Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterJune 3, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21:  Jon Jones celebrates defeating Rashad Evans by unanimous decision in their light heavyweight title bout for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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We all know that Jon Jones is a great light heavyweight. He might even be the greatest single light heavyweight of all time, though we'll save that argument for another day and time.

But the most interesting thing to me about Jones—and I know many of you out there agree with me, because I've discussed this subject with you in the past—is the idea of Jones' finishing his rapidly paced cleanup of the UFC's light heavyweight division and then putting on some muscle for a move to play with the big boys at heavyweight.

That's quite the idea, isn't it?

And it's not so far-fetched, because Jones has acknowledged in the past that he'll eventually make the move.

His incredible skill and poise inside the cage often make us forget that he's still a young kid with plenty of growing to do, both as a fighter and as a personality outside of the Octagon.

We don't know when Jones will make the move, but let's just assume that it's going to happen within 18 months. By that point, the only folks left to challenge Jones for the light heavyweight strap will be retreads whom he's already demolished once or twice.

It'll be time for a new challenge.

And reigning heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos recently told Spike's MMA Uncensored Live that he'll readily welcome Jones to the biggest weight class in the UFC:

Jon Jones is really good. He's really good. It's different, for sure. If he comes up to the heavyweight division, it's gonna be tough for us, for sure. I really like him, but if he comes up to the heavyweight division, and he gets the chance to fight for the title, we're gonna fight. I will give my best to beat him. It doesn't matter who my opponent is. If it's gonna be him, I don't care.

A Junior dos Santos vs. Jon Jones fight is on my bucket list of dream fights for 2013 or 2014, right alongside Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz and Chael Sonnen vs. Superstar Billy Graham.

The cool thing? Two of those fights have a very real possibility of happening.