After fighting four times in 2011, becoming the UFC light-heavyweight champion and defeating three former champions in the process, it was no surprise when Jon ‘Bones’ Jones revealed after his last victory in Dcember that he was planning on taking a 5-6 month vacation, but it appears he’s now having second thoughts.
In ESPN journalist Josh Gross’ first podcast of the New Year Jones spoke about his change of heart and his plans for the year ahead.
“[I’ve] been thinking recently to try and compete four times again in 2012,” Jones said. “I grew so much as a person doing that and trying to do that again will make me an even better athlete and put me in a pretty awesome spot in the sport. I was saying recently that I was going to take off four to five months but I’m starting to reconsider and come back sooner. Try and get three to four fights in this year.”
That’s not all though, if Jones does fight a number of times this year then he aims to do it in style.
“Yeah, you know my goal is to finish every fight in 2012. It’s a goal of mine. I may do that and then things just naturally fall in line. Just to finish every opponent. Fight to finish the fight.”
If Jones does go ahead with this new plan then the UFC will no doubt be thrilled with the news. With other major pay-per-view stars like Brock Lesnar retiring and GSP out injured for the forseeable future, Jones becomes an even more important part of their PPV puzzle this year.
It’s also a smart move by Jones as he’s clearly riding a huge wave of momentum at the moment and while I think another four fights in a year is somewhat ambitious, now is certainly not the time to rest on his laurels.
Rather, at the age of 24 this is a time to keep pushing and see just how far he can take this both in terms of his fighting abilities and his rapidly developing superstar status in the sport.