Courtesy of Damon Martin and official MMAWeekly.com content partner Bleacher Report.

Jon Jones UFC 145 WorkoutsJon Jones may be healing a mangled toe, but he’s already eyeing the record he so desperately wants to break to be considered the greatest light heavyweight champion in MMA history.

In his last fight at UFC 159 in April, Jones suffered a horrific injury during his victory over Chael Sonnen.  The dislocated toe looked like something out of a horror film, but amazingly enough, the diagnosis wasn’t nearly as bad as the image that showed Jones’ toe dangling from his foot.

Now a few weeks removed from the injury, Jones is healing quickly.  If time permits, he might even surprise a few people with the schedule he keeps this year.

“Everything’s good.  He’s got to be in the boot for about six weeks, about five weeks now left to go and then he gets to take it off and he’ll test his foot and we’ll see what’s next,” Jones’ manager Malki Kawa told MMA’s Great Debate Radio this week.

“For right now, he’s just anxious to get that boot off and make sure his toe is good to go.  As long as he feels good coming off that boot and when he goes to put pressure on it, he can walk without a boot, and his toe is strong and everything’s good there then it shouldn’t (delay his return).  One thing about Jon is he’s not going to take any chances whatsoever.  As long as his foot heals properly and he’s got no issues with it, it shouldn’t delay anything.

“I’ll just tell you this, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jon fights two more times this year.  That’s very aggressive and I know that’s crazy, but it’s something that he discussed with me and we talked about it.  I told Superman to relax a little bit, you’re injured right now, but he’s got an aggressive timeline in his head. Certain goals and accomplishments that he wants and we’re looking to get that record.”

The record that Kawa is speaking about is the one currently held by Jones and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz for title defenses in the 205-pound division.  Both fighters defended the belt five times, but with one more win in the weight class, the record would belong solely to Jones.

It’s something the UFC’s reigning light heavyweight champion has talked about numerous times, and that goal is still his top priority.  While there may be a move to heavyweight one day or even the potential for superfights in the future, Jones wants to be defined as the best ever at 205 pounds before moving on to conquer the rest of the MMA world.

“The truth and the fact of the matter is before we can talk any superfight or any move in weight class or anything to that effect, Jon Jones wants to win his next fight at light heavyweight, he wants to break that record, he wants to own that record solely.  He wants to be considered the greatest light heavyweight of all time at this point,” Kawa stated.  “I already think he is the greatest light heavyweight of all time, record or no record.

“That being said, he’s got to win that next fight, after that me and Jon will sit down and we’ll take the next route and see what the next opportunity is for his career.”

While Jones fighting at light heavyweight may seem to squash everyone’s hopes for a potential superfight later this year against middleweight champion Anderson Silva, it doesn’t necessarily eliminate that from happening.  If Jones vs. Silva were to take place, it’s likely the Brazilian legend would be the one moving up to 205 pounds to accept the challenge.

Silva is currently locked up at middleweight for his fight at UFC 162 against Chris Weidman, so Kawa and Jones are looking forward to a challenge in the light heavyweight division and the crop of current contenders.

“His next fight is at light heavyweight and his next fight will be against somebody that’s considered the No. 1 guy,” Kawa stated.  “He’ll get that next defense and once he breaks that record, after that all the speculation can happen.

“I think he really wants to fight Alexander Gustafsson next.  Alexander called him out and I think Jon has said in numerous interviews that he would like to fight him next.  We’re just going to wait and see what happens.”

Despite his foot being in a protective boot, Jones isn’t slowing down in his off time.  The 205-pound champion has been traveling the country with his manager looking at new potential sponsors and endorsement deals while letting his toe heal.  The business of Jon Jones is flourishing just like his fight career, and the sky is the limit for this talented and gifted athlete.

Check out more UFC coverage from official MMAWeekly.com content partner Bleacher Report and Damon Martin.

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 201 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Lawler vs. Woodley Card

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

This is beginning to sound like a broken record, but we have a new UFC champion. On Saturday night in Atlanta, Georgia, Tyron Woodley destroyed Robbie Lawler in the very first round of the UFC 201 ma read news >>

On the Nuanced Brilliance of Nick Diaz and His UFC Return

  • 21 days ago
  • 58 views

Nick Diaz is back, and he’s bringing the savviest mind in the fight game with him. With all the excitement surrounding his return, one probably wouldn’t expect to read that sentence before he even ha read news >>

Tanner Saraceno Looks to Start a Winning Streak in Valor Fights Debut

  • 13 days ago
  • 5 views

After suffering a loss in his pro debut, Tanner Saraceno will look to pick up his second straight win when he makes his Valor Fights debut on Saturday. read news >>

Jon Jones Takes Plea Deal in Drag Racing Case

  • 13 days ago
  • 37 views

Jon Jones, already on probation for a felony hit-and-run case, accepted a plea deal in Albuquerque Metropolitan Court on Thursday. read news >>

Jon Jones Teases Quick Return from USADA Suspension in Instagram Post

  • 9 days ago
  • 23 views

Jon Jones has had a rough 12 months, but the former UFC light heavyweight champ feels like things are starting to turn around. That seems to be the case, at least, as Jones indicated he may be back i read news >>

Jon Jones Says He’ll Be Back in the Octagon ‘Really Soon’

  • 9 days ago
  • 24 views

UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones sounds as if he's come into some good news regarding his UFC Anti-Doping Policy case. read news >>

Dana White Says it Looks Like Jon Jones Took ‘Something Else,’ Could Be Good News

  • 8 days ago
  • 107 views

Dana White on Tuesday appeared to back Jon Jones' recent statement that he could be back really soon. read news >>

Anthony Johnson Video: Stop Talking About Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, I Have to Fight Glover

  • 7 days ago
  • 11 views

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson has a big fight in front of him in the form of Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 on Aug. 20. If it's all the same with you, he'd really like it if everyone would quit asking him abo read news >>

Glover Teixeira Focused on Anthony Johnson, Doesn’t Really Care About Jon Jones (UFC 202 Video)

  • 7 days ago
  • 6 views

Glover Teixeira could be lined up for a title fight is he gets past Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at UFC 202 on Aug. 20, but all everyone wants to talk about is Jon Jones. read news >>

Conor McGregor Breaks Brock Lesnar's Record for Biggest Fight Purse at UFC 202

  • 4 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC 202 may go on to set a number of records, but it already broke one. According to MMAFighting.com's Marc Raimondi, Conor McGregor will earn the biggest disclosed MMA purse in the sport's history a read news >>