‘Intimidating As Sh*t’- Jon Jones Reveals Talent At Heavyweight Scares Him

Published 12/08/2020, 10:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones walks to the octagon in his UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Jon Jones made a long-awaited switch to the Heavyweight division in 2020, relinquishing his Light Heavyweight Championship after almost a decade of on-and-off reigns. However, the youngest UFC Champion of all time isn’t known to be intimidated by much. He definitely wasn’t intimidated by his opponents at Light Heavyweight. But what about Heavyweight?

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Jones spoke to Marc Raimondi of ESPN and revealed his motivation behind leaving the weight class he has dominated for over a decade.

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“The light heavyweight division was fun, but I just wasn’t scared of those guys anymore. Like, none of them. And I think it showed in some of my performances. Obviously, I still trained hard. But there was no urgency in some of my last fights. With these next guys I’m going to be going up against, I respect these guys. These guys are intimidating — they’re intimidating as s—. It just gets me up in a whole different way.”

Jon Jones: Will he succeed at Heavyweight?

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Jon Jones is making a decision to extend his career’s longevity, and it is bound to pay off. He doesn’t have to go through the rigors of cutting weight anymore and can be more comfortable at the 265-pound weight limit. Becoming a champion in this division will make his strong case for greatest of all time even stronger. Especially when Stipe Miocic is at the helm.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones waits in his corner prior to his UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

However, the power of Heavyweights is an adjustment that no one can really prepare for. Even though Jones has eaten some bombs in his career, he has never really been in danger of getting knocked out. That danger is there with almost every fight in the Heavyweight division, which explains Jones’s apprehensions heading into the division.

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But if anyone can make a switch like this, it is Jones. If he retains his speed and general head movement, he could be a terror in this division. His trajectory is one of the most interesting storylines coming up in MMA,

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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