UFC light heavyweight champion appeared recently on ESPN's First Take, and discussed the long-discussed potential move to heavyweight.
"In order to put a lot of this pound-for-pound who's the greatest conversation to rest, I'm gonna have to maybe obtain a second belt in a different weight class," said Jones, as transcribed by Tristen Critchfield for Sherdog. "I think that would really set me apart from a lot of the guys."
"The move is inevitable. I'm only getting better as a professional. I think I'm at a place and I have the team around me that could get me to that weight class in a safe and healthy way. I'm excited for when it does happen. I see nothing but good things. I've been competing against my brothers my whole life, who are both bigger than me, both Super Bowl champions. I feel like I'm ready for that lane."
"Light heavyweight fighters, we are truly the most versatile – while being fast and strong and athletic – it's the most dangerous weight class, in my opinion. Guys big enough to knock you out but still athletic enough and agile enough to do some really extraordinary things. It's a tough weight class.
"So in a way, me moving up to heavyweight could be easier for me because I'm just used to a much faster pace of fighting."
Jones defends his 205 belt against Dominick Reyes in the main event of UFC 247 on Saturday.