Apr 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Jon Jones during a press conference after UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Jones retirement might benefit light heavyweight division

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It seems one of MMA’s top stars may be hanging up his gloves in a four years.

In an interview with the “Norris and Davis Show” UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Bones, 26, said that while he felt he could fight in his prime until his mid-30‘s, he would like to retire from competition at 30 years old.

And why not? Jones has had more successful title defenses than any other light heavyweight in UFC history, he has captured numerous accolades throughout his career and he is secure enough financially to where he probably never has to fight again.

There is no question that Jones is one of the best fighters in the world, if not the best. The only man who has come close to beating him was Alexander Gustafsson back at UFC 165.

If Jones were to hang up the gloves at 30, I think there would be a sigh of relief from many light heavyweights in the UFC, as well as other promotions. With the king of the 205 mountain off of his throne, there is a chance for older fighters to reclaim to try and claim that top spot, or new faces to emerge and establish themselves as the top guy, just as Jones did back in 2011.

Still, we will have to wait four years to see if Jones is actually serious about retiring. Even if he does hang up the gloves, there is a chance hid hiatus from competition would not last long as most athletes in combat sports have a tendency come back one or two years later after retirement.
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