Jon Jones States ‘Heart’ Will Separate Him From Others in the Heavyweight Division

Published 01/14/2021, 11:12 PM 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)


There are multiple potential fights that fans can look forward to in 2021. Be it Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal or Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov. There are a lot of storylines brewing for super fights to be made this year, and ‘Bones’ quest for greatness is among them. Jon Jones’ heavyweight debut is certainly one of the most expected fights of 2021, if not the most anticipated. 

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After dominating the 205-pound division for the better part of a decade, Jon decided to move up to challenge in the heavyweight division. 

His last two title defenses have been lackluster, and he arguably lost his fight against Dominick Reyes. This is unusual from someone who has dominated everyone put in front of him. Perhaps a move up and a new set of challenges will reinvigorate his career. 

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Jon Jones holds himself to very high standards

Jon Jones took to Twitter to answer some questions sent in by fans. One such fan asked Jon if he was worried that he would lose his stamina with all the added mass.

‘Bones’ replied, “No I’m not worried about cardio, I hold myself to a very high standard,A light heavyweight standard. Some of these guys may be stronger, but they can’t possibly push as hard as I can. I’ve been able to outwork literally every LHW, i’ll do the same at heavy.. It’s called heart”

The American fight has always been a lanky individual. However, recent posts and videos show that Jones has put on a considerable amount of mass as he prepares to enter the heavyweight division. 

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During his career at light heavyweight, Jones has never had any issues going five rounds. He has gone the distance multiple times during his career and has always managed to come out on top. 

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 02: Jon Jones battles Anthony Smith (not pictured) in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

However, it is no secret that fighters with more muscle and mass tire out faster compared to athletes who are leaner. Therefore, it remains to be seen if Jones’ cardio will be affected by all the extra weight that he has put on. 

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Do you think Jones will be able to maintain his conditioning levels at heavyweight? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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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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