Jon Jones Says He Will Not Entertain Many Fights in the Heavyweight Division

Published 01/02/2021, 6:58 AM EST
INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones stands in his corner prior to his light heavyweight bout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Jon Jones has established himself as the best light heavyweight ever. ‘Bones’ made history when he became the youngest ever UFC champion, a record that stands to date. Even though there have been major blemishes on his career outside the octagon, Jones has maintained a high level of performances inside the octagon. 

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After winning his belt against Gustafsson, Jones has defended it thrice. However, his last two title defenses against Thiago Santos and Dominick Reyes have not been the most convincing by his standards. Nevertheless, Jones has still achieved a lot in the division and sought a new challenge.

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The former light heavyweight champion announced that he would be moving up to compete in the heavyweight division. The move had fans buzzing, as Jones will look to join an exclusive club of dual champions in the UFC. 

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In a recent interview, Jon Jones spoke about his future in the sport and his move up to heavyweight. He said, “I was just ready to challenge myself. I was ready to enter a new chapter in my career.”

“At this point, I’m in this sport for legacy and for the biggest-paying fights, and I just don’t think that continuing on at light heavyweight was going to do much for my legacy…The reason why I decided to vacate the light heavyweight belt and not hang onto it is that I knew my move to heavyweight was going to take a really long time”

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‘Bones’ continued, “I would love to win the heavyweight championship, defend it two or three times against the top heavyweights out there, and then I’d really like to transition into humanitarian work,”

Jones has been involved in humanitarian work through his organization, the CARE project. ‘Bones’ recently gave away 50 vouchers of $500 each to help people in the tough times brought about by the pandemic. 

A move to heavyweight and success at heavyweight will cement Jones’ position as the best in the business. Unfortunately, it will be a while before he can compete at heavyweight.

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 Jones could keep himself busy with charitable work to bide his time as he trains for an eventual heavyweight showdown. Given his comments, he will pick elite opponents that will push him to the absolute limit. 

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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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