‘I’ve Always Been Skinny’- Jon Jones Says It Was Difficult for Him to Become a Heavyweight

Published 05/25/2021, 10:38 PM EDT
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones in his fight against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Jon Jones’ high school teacher nicknamed him ‘Bones’ because of his lanky frame. The former light heavyweight champion is blessed with incredible genetics. He stands at six feet four inches and has a reach of 84-inches. In most fights, this has been more than his opponent.

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However, during his fighting career, he has never had to change his physique drastically. Jones has always maintained a lean figure with not much muscle. 

When compared to the others fighters at light heavyweight, he was significantly less muscular. This has been one of his biggest advantages so far as it allowed him to be extremely agile. However, ahead of his much-anticipated heavyweight debut, ‘Bones’ has had to significantly change his physique. 

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Bones recently took to Twitter to answer some questions fans had for him. One such fan tweeted stating, “Let’s get you back in the octagon.”

‘Bones’ replied, “Man I’m telling you, I’ve always been the skinny one in my family. Becoming a proper heavyweight is a lot more difficult than I had ever anticipated. I want to do it right the first time.”

Bones’ has been frequently updating his fans with his progress. The former champion has shared workout videos and pictures of his food on social media. However, this is the first time that Jones admitted that bulking up was harder than it seemed. 

There have been a lot of questions that popped up regarding Jon Jones bulking up to move to heavyweight. He has always been extremely good with his movement and extremely sound defensively to avoid all the heavy hitters he faced at light heavyweight. How will this translate when he fights at heavyweight- a division where fighters have one-punch KO power? 

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Also, Jones has never had any issues with cardio. He has been in multiple five-round wars and has always come out on top. How will the added weight affect his cardio? Will he be able to last all five rounds comfortably as he has done in the past? Only time will tell. 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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