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Only Cain Velasquez is a super fight for Jon Jones

Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones is open to taking super fights, but for the moment, he thinks there is only one man who fits the mould for that.

Speaking to a media publication in a recent interview, Bones hinted that UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is the only opponent that would interest him for a super fight, despite recent reports linking him to a fight against the reigning UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Bones admitted that a lot of people have been taking the name of the American as a potential opponent for him. But he mentioned that he thinks that the current belt holder in the 185 lbs division needs to grow a lot more in the promotion and make a name for him before being considered as a creditable opponent in a super fight. He also indicated that the American fighter needs to fight against other world champions, both past and present to be considered as a top pay per view draw as well.

And in that perspective, Cain Velasquez fits the mould perfectly.

Jones has been steam rolling the competition in the 205 lbs category ever since he won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship two and half years ago before eking out a very closely fought match against Swedish fighter Alexander Gustafsson in his last defense.

Cain Velasquez, on the other hand, has been on quite a roll, winning his last three bouts after suffering the only loss of his career back in 2012 and although he is currently sidelined due to an injury for the time being, he is expected to return before the year is out and with Jones taking on Glover Teixeira in a couple of months, there is plenty of time for the details of the super fight to be worked out.

UFC Hurrying with Title Fight

Former contender for the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight Championship Frank Mir believes that the company is hurrying in arranging the title match between the champion Junior dos Santos and the contender Cain Velasquez. According to Mir, the UFC should wait it out till the 27th of December, when the doping sanction on Alistair Overeem, the number one contender for the title is lifted so that he could face dos Santos before giving Velasquez a rematch of his defeat last year at the first UFC on FOX pay per view.

Mir, who also suffered defeat at the hands of dos Santos in a total knockout in the first round of their match at UFC 146, stated that it is not as if Junior was not defending his title. He defended the title in November 2011 and again at UFC 146 a couple of months back and for him to fight again for the title would be unfair, both on him and Alistair Overeem.

Overeem was the number one contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship before his match against dos Santos was called off after he tested positive for the use of banned performance enhancing drugs. Mir stepped into his role and lost the title match to the Brazilian. But he believes that Cain Velasquez should wait for the cycle to finish and not jump the gun, when it comes to the title match as Overeem is still the rightful contender for the title.

Mir also stated that the UFC Heavyweight Championship is a sacred title and defending it so often makes it lose its sheen. The UFC should wait it out till Overeem returns from suspension before putting the title on the line with Cain Velasquez challenging for it, since the return of the Dutchman is only months away.