Jon Jones launched himself into the top of the light heavyweight division with a first-round knockout of Vladimir Matyushenko on Sunday at UFC on Versus 2 and will meet a fellow ‘top eight’ 205-pounder in his next fight, UFC President Dana White said following Jones’ win on Versus:
“Vladimir Matyushenko is a guy who I have a a lot of respect for and I didn’t think it was going to happen that easy. ‘Bones’ Jones is the real deal and he just catapulted himself tonight into the top eight in the world. Tonight solidified it. To go in and do what he did to Vladimir Matyushenko, and make it look as easy as he did tonight, it cements it for me.
This kid is one of the top eight in the world in that weight division. He’s got to keep his head together, stay focused and keep doing all the right things in training. He’s smart, good looking and bad ass. He’s going to make a lot of money — this kid is going to do very well. Right now in the 205-pound division, all these guys are fighting each other. When the smoke clears and the dust settles, Jon Jones will fight one of the top eight guys in the world for his next fight.”
Though his immediate future remains at light heavyweight, the highly regarded Jones weighed 226-pounds on Sunday and said he could also fight at heavyweight to get a shot at outspoken boxer James Toney, who makes his MMA debut against Randy Couture later this month at UFC 118.
Pictured: Jon Jones