UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is at the top of his game right now, but he doesn’t want to overstay his welcome.
In a recent interview, Jones reiterated that he wants to retire from the sport in the next four years, before he is 30 years old.
“I just want to leave the sport with a good head on my shoulders,” Jones said to MMAjunkie. “I don’t want to be one of these guys that are taking fights way past their prime. I want to leave my legacy in a healthy spot. I want my legacy to be respected and I just want to leave on top.”
Jones added that financially he is secure right now, and if he needed to, he could retire at any point. He plans to continue fighting for the next few years not to pad out his bank account, but to cement his legacy as a champion.
While he didn’t reveal exactly what he wants to do after retiring, Jones seems confident that the opportunities will be out there when he does.
“I’ve had a lot of doors be opened through MMA and I just feel like there’s a lot of other business out there,” he said. “There’s a lot of other business out there. I feel like its been fun. I’ve got a little bit more to prove, but I’ve also proven a lot already and there’s no need to do it after 30. I think I’m a smart enough guy to be able to do a lot of other things.”
Jon Jones is currently 19-1 in his MMA career. His only loss is a disqualification he suffered due to illegal elbows in 2009.