According to an April 29 report from MMA Fighting, Greg Jackson doesn’t think it’s a terrible idea for Jon Jones to move up to the UFC’s heavyweight division eventually.
In fact, Jackson thinks it will be a fun challenge for the champ.
“Yeah, I’m OK with whatever they want to do. If he wants to do that, then I’ll help him out,” Jackson said on The MMA Hour. “I’ve always said that it’s up to fighters and the management. Then it’s my job to figure out how we’re going to do that. If that’s the parameters they want to give, that’s what I do. And I actually enjoy that. Anything different is good.
“I’ve said before, I like to watch scary movies like with monsters, not because I like to get scared at all, but because I like to figure out what are the parameters,” he continued. “If you’re fighting a ghost, can the ghost hurt you? Can you hurt the ghost? I really enjoy that, like figuring out what the rules are of the game and then how to win when we have these rules. If they give me parameters or opponents or whatever, that’s the fun part for me. The picking and the choosing of them? Not nearly as fun, and not really my job. I just like to break down the puzzles in front of me.”
Jones has essentially wiped out the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a move to the heavyweight ranks makes perfect sense at this point.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Jackson said following Jones’ victory at UFC 159. “It’s whatever the UFC says. As long as we have enough time to prepare, we’re going to have to fight them all anyway. We’re going to have to fight Machida again, we’re going to have to fight Gustafsson, whoever else they put in front of us. It’s just a matter of who’s next. But I never want to be like, ‘Avoid this guy’ or ‘fight this guy.’ When you’re the champion, you really have to take on. That’s part of what being champion is; whoever they say you have to fight, you have to fight. People might not think that makes sense because we said we don’t want to take a new fight on short notice. That’s a whole different animal. It’s not that we were avoiding the opponent, we were avoiding the situation. We wanted to make sure we were well-prepared. This is a world title in a sport that I think is the best in the world by far, and I want to take that seriously.”
Following Jones’ victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 159, the champ thinks Alexander Gustafsson would be a great challenge for him.
However, he’ll be facing months of rehab on his big toe. No word yet on who the UFC thinks he should be facing next, but his next fight likely won’t happen until the end of this year.
Following the UFC 159 clash between Jones and Sonnen, Jackson says he’s back on good terms with UFC President Dana White.
“We’ve talked and things are cool, and we both understand each other,” Jackson said. “I actually have always said I like Dana. I think he’s an amazing guy. Even when he loses his temper and and has these severe reactions in these situations, I’ve always said that passion is the same passion that got us where we are. I don’t take it personally. It’s just part of the game. I like the guy. I respect him.”