On Monday afternoon, FanSided took part in the UFC 247 media conference call which featured both the main event and co-main event fighters.
UFC 247 fight week kicked off today, beginning what will be a busy week of media obligations. Katlyn Chookagian, Valentina Shevchenko, Dominick Reyes, and Jon Jones fielded questions from the media before the big event goes down this Saturday in Houston, TX. Here are a few things we learned from the UFC 247 media call.
The potential move to heavyweight is a big inspiration for Jones
A lot of fans and media are anxious to see Jones move up to the heavyweight division for new challenges. As it turns out, the possible move isn’t just of interest to Jones, it’s an inspiration. The unknowns of having to see how his body does with added weight, along with the prospect of fighting much bigger men gives the champion excitement based on it being uncharted territory. While he isn’t open to discussing specifics on what happens should he best Reyes on Saturday night, all indications are that a heavyweight fight is in his future.
Jones’s camp had a choice on fighting either Corey Anderson or Reyes
When it came time to book the next fight, it was the team Jones that decided to grant Reyes the next crack at the light heavyweight title. The staff at Jackson-Wink sat down to watch the tape to decide who would get the opportunity.
“We had the choice on whether we were going to fight Corey Anderson or Dominic Reyes. That was a conversation I had with the UFC, and I chose Dominic Reyes,” said Jones. “It’s a great fight for me, just because he is undefeated and he is the toughest guy out there right now.”
Jones went on to explain that while he appreciated the grinding style of Anderson, it was Reyes’ penchant for finishing fights that was the deciding factor on who would be next.
Jones’s plan for 2020 is to fight three times, including one overseas bout
Since Jones has returned to competition in 2018 he has been consistently active, and heading into 2020 he plans to keep that trend going. When questioned on what his plans were for the upcoming calendar year, Jones was quite specific on what it was he wanted to accomplish.
“My goal is to fight three times this year, my goal is to win this fight on Saturday. Fight maybe overseas in the middle of the year, and then end of the year in Las Vegas,” he said.
Where is it, in particular, Jones had in mind for his first international fight?
“I wouldn’t mind fighting in Australia, I think that would be pretty cool.”
Citing Australia’s educated fanbase, coupled with realizing how large his fanbase is in that part of the world is the driving factor for picking to go down under for his first international contest.
UFC 247 takes place on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who will be on-site for all your live results and highlights.