Morning Report: Jon Jones talks possible move to heavyweight, has parting words for Phil Davis

In addition to telling us he was ‘losing money’ working with Nike, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones opened up about his future on Andrei Arlovski’s Google Hangout Thursday night.

Jones has flip-flopped on whether or not he’d be moving to heavyweight since 2013, but his latest stance has him sticking at 205 pounds.

“Honestly, probably not,” Jones said of moving up. “As I get older I’m maturing a lot more. My weight cuts are becoming a lot more easy. I’m learning how to eat better. I’ll probably be at light heavyweight for a long time.”

Jones faces No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson May 23 at UFC 187 and said in March that he’d ‘consider the division clear’ after beating him.

“I’ll probably go to heavyweight for one or two superfights at some point and then get back down to light heavyweight,” Jones said.

Jones also spoke about staying motivated in the sport, saying he’s gunning to break records held by former UFC champions Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre.

With nine wins in UFC title bouts, Jones trails both Silva (11) and St-Pierre (12). With a win against Johnson, Jones will tie St-Pierre’s nine consecutive UFC title defenses. Silva still leads with 10.

“I mixed martial arts, I would say that Anderson Silva has been my biggest motivation and inspiration,” Jones said. “Just because of the things he’s been able to achieve, the records that he has. Sometimes I feel as if the journey’s been long. When I start to think that way I remember that there have been people who have had the belt longer than I’ve had it. Who have defended it more than I’ve defended it. It makes me feel ‘If they did it, there’s no reason to be tired.’

“You’ve got to freaking muster it up and give it your all every time. Until I beat one of these guys’ records I’m going to keep on pushing and give it all I’ve got.”

Finally, Jones had some parting words for his old friend Phil Davis. A free agent, Davis announced Wednesday that he’d signed with Bellator MMA.

“Oh my goodness,” said Jones. “‘Mr. JV,’ himself. To be honest, I’m happy for him if he’s going to make more money over there. Ultimately, it’s about providing for our families. It’s a job at the end of the day. If he’s going to be treated better over there, good for him.

“I do believe the competition is not as stiff at Bellator as the UFC so I think he’ll definitely be a top three guy in the world now. Good for him. Maybe he’ll even win it. To be a world champion and to make a little more money, that’s a win-win. But good luck ‘crumbling me like a cookie’ from all the way over there.”

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

The MMA Beat. The panel discusses UFC on FOX 15, Phil Davis signing with Bellator, the demise of UFC 186and much more.

‘The right move.’ Dana White says the UFC was ‘not very close at all’ to re-signing Brock Lesnar.

Our fault. Lyoto Machida blames the damn media for his past rift with Anderson Silva.

Camozzi be damed. Rondaldo Souza says he should still get his middleweight title shot with a win at UFC on FOX 15.

Just a nudge. Matt Hughes says ‘all it would take is a phone call from Dana’ and he’d return to fighting in the UFC.

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC on FOX 15 media day highlights.

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Staredowns.

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Forrest Griffin being very un-Forrest Griffin-like which is actually pretty great.

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Short Paige Vanzant mini doc.

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Dana White agrees with Conor McGregor.

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Needless to say, fairly graphic. Finish breakfast first.

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Long watches.

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TWEETS

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Guys I know that Iam completely out of form, as I haven’t trained for manny years, but Iam trying, and because of that Iam working very hard to get the rhythm back and do my best, because if I don’t do this, I will never know if I really can make it. I will train very hard like I always did and try to get a spot in the Olympics . Iam in another level, will need lots of work as the Olympic athletes are mainly super athletes , that are years ahead of everyone , but yes, I will leave my comfort zone and TRY!!! The worse that could happen is for me not to get a satisfactory result, but at least I will be sure that I tried!

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I’d watch.

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Get well soon.

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Cuttin’.

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Fun.

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Congrats.

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Those were the days.

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This Week in Struggle.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (April 16 2015)

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Masio Fullen at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira

Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira

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