This week, UFC Lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones was quoted in the news as looking for a fight with Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez ‘within the next two years’. Jones has been associated with potential superfights for a while now, but the name of Velasquez, who as Heavyweight kingpin sits on a different pedestal, has rarely if ever come up. Now Jones has stated his goal is to move to Heavyweight permanently, and he is looking for a Superfight. Let’s look at the fight….
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The fight could potentially be the biggest fight in UFC history, but several things have to fall into place for the fight to happen. Remember, Jones has pulled out of his scheduled February 22nd title defense against Glover Teixeira. The reasons were vague at first, but Jones was later said to be banged up. But the looming defense against Teixeira is not set in stone, and that is one obstacle overcome. Teixeira may never see the title defense he covets.
Velasquez also does not have a match on the schedule. Like Teixeira at Lightheavyweight, Fabricio Werdum is likely the next Heavyweight in line for a bout with Velasquez, but he may never get the shot. Velasquez has been talking about having shoulder surgery, and should that be scheduled, he will be on the shelf for a while.
If both men are injury free and ready to fight, this match could be scheduled for July 4th weekend in 2014. The match would be huge for the UFC and both fighters.
No when the line hits the sportbooks, it will almost certainly be Velasquez who is favored. Velasquez, is settled as UFC Heavyweight titleholder, with several defenses under his belt and a trilogy with nemesis Junior Dos Santos fresh on everyone’s mind. He is in the top 5 lb for lb lists. add to this that Jones’ last performance made him look vulnerable, and you are looking at Jones as the underdog.