Jon Jones Says He Will Wait Another Year Before a UFC Fight

Published 05/25/2021, 11:21 PM EDT
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


As a fighter, staying active is extremely important. Being out of the game for a long time can affect areas such as timing and stamina, among other things. Jon Jones last fought in February 2020, defending his belt against Dominick Reyes. Since then, he has been out of the fight game, and it appears as though we will not see him anytime soon either. 

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Due to his differences with the UFC regarding pay, ‘Bones’ finds himself out of action. He has used this time to bulk up and put on more weight as he prepares to face the biggest most dangerous men in the UFC. 

Will extra time to prepare benefit or hurt Jon Jones?

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Jones recently took to Twitter to answer questions put forth by fans. One such fan tweeted, “Another full year out?”. To which ‘Bones’ replied, “Yes, I got a feeling you guys will still be around. The sport should be bigger than ever by then.. Always looking on the bright side”

He followed that up with another tweet that said, “Honestly I feel like the only people that it benefits, me jumping in their early are the other heavy weights. The way I’m training, I’m gonna be a real problem this time next year. I’m comfortable enough to wait and that’s exactly what I’ll do”

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Ring rust is a real thing. It has affected multiple fighters who have not been the same after a long time away from the sport. However, it hasn’t seemed to affect ‘Bones‘ who has had multiple stints away from the sport.

The most recent example was his fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232. ‘Bones’ was out of action for almost a year and a half. He came back to take on arguably his biggest test to date and stopped him in style in round three. 

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Fans will be hoping that the same applies when Jon Jones makes his heavyweight debut. During the time away from the sport, ‘Bones’ will be aiming to grow accustomed to his larger frame and use it in a fight setting. It will be interesting to see how Jones looks after what could be potentially two years away from the fight game. 

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Do you think the extra time away from the sport will benefit or harm Jon Jones? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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