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September 21, 2013

Jones accepts Gustafsson's challenge at UFC 165

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Tonawanda News — So dominant for so long, it’s not surprising Jones has to go looking for new motivations — and the next one after Gustafsson might be the next weight class.

Jones has spent much of this promotion entertaining questions about his eventual move to heavyweight, even as he claims he plans to chase Anderson Silva’s all-division record of 10 consecutive title defenses. While Jones won’t set a date for a move, he’s already scoping out UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, saying: “There’s some things I could do athletically that Cain has never seen before.”

“I want to do what makes the fans happy, and I know the fans want to see me take a heavyweight fight,” Jones added. “My biggest goal was just to establish this record at light heavyweight, and once this record is established, the day after the fight, the 22nd, we can start thinking about what’s going to be most interesting for the fans to see.

“If Dana wants a certain fight that makes sense, after this fight would be the time to offer it to me.”

And while not even a pay-per-view meeting with Velasquez would be likely to match the Mayweather-Alvarez fight’s jaw-dropping $150 million in television sales, Jones abides. He thinks MMA is much like himself — young, hungry and heading toward a lucrative future.

“Right after the Mayweather fight, I got so many messages, and they were all the same: ‘Now it’s time for a real fight,’” Jones said.

“‘It’s official, boxing is over, Mayweather is the only guy that matters left in the sport. After Mayweather, the sport is officially gone.’ It just seems like the fans are so ready for MMA to be bigger. It seems like in the fans’ eyes, this is the fight sport. I just think it’s going to take more time. What we’ve been able to do in our short history is remarkable.”

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