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Jon Jones planning heavyweight super-fight with UFC champion Stipe Miocic after Reyes clash

JON JONES is plotting a move up to heavyweight to challenge champion Stipe Miocic after he defends his light-heavyweight crown against Dominick Reyes.

Jones, 31, headlines UFC 247 against 12-0 contender Reyes, 30, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday.

It marks the American's third title defence of his 205lb title he won for a third time when he stopped Alexander Gustafsson in December 2018.

But Bones admitted his impending move up to heavyweight could come if he is victorious against Reyes - and scoffed at the idea of a warm up fight before facing champion Miocic.

Jones told ESPN: "There's a really good chance. I feel like I really want to fight Stipe Miocic. I think I could beat him.

"I don't think I would need a tune-up, I'm pretty tuned up. I'm in tune.

"I feel great, I feel strong already. Stipe is what, 230? 235 [lb]? I feel like me at a lean 230, I could totally beat him.”

Miocic lost his title to Jones’ great rival Daniel Cormier in July 2018, but avenged the defeat in his next fight with a fourth round knockout to claim back the belt.

Cormier was beaten by Jones on points in 2015 and KO’d two years later, though the rematch loss was overturned to a no contest after Bones’ tested positive for anabolic steroid Turinabol.

However, Jones takes confidence from his performances against DC when compared to Miocic’s as the pound-for-pound king eyes a second UFC title.

He explained: "Based on his two performances against DC, our speed differences, my fight IQ, our versatility, my faith and confidence.

"I think I'm the guy to beat him, and I want to strike while the iron is hot, for sure.

"Whether I get the heavyweight title, whether I get it against him, or in a few year's time, I've just learned to be in the moment, be grateful for where you are now, and everything will take care of itself."

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