Jon Jones Will Not Get a Heavyweight Match Until End of 2021 Says Dana White

Published 01/02/2021, 4:30 AM EST
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)


Stipe Miocic put an end to his trilogy with Daniel Cormier earlier this year when he secured a win in the third and final fight. In the process, he cemented his place as the greatest heavyweight of all time. However, the UFC’s conveyor belt of talent ensures that champions are never complacent and there is always a new threat lurking. Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones are some names in the heavyweight division. 

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Jon Jones relinquished his light-heavyweight belt earlier this year. ‘Bones’ has been posting photos and videos of himself as he aims to put on mass on his lanky frame in order to compete in the heavyweight division. Unfortunately, it looks as though it will be a while before fans can see ‘Bones’ at heavyweight. 

Read: Jon Jones calls Francis Ngannou a ‘freak’ as he prepares for UFC heavyweight division 

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Will Jon Jones take a tuneup fight in 2021?

In an interview, The Schmo asked Dana White for an update on Jon Jones and if fans would have to wait till the end of 2021 to see ‘Bones’ compete again inside the octagon. 

White said, “Yeah, because that fight (Ngannou vs Miocic 2) is going to happen for sure. And I don’t know where Jon plays into this thing. I just said a few weeks ago, Jon and I had probably the best conversation we’ve ever had and his head’s in a good place. He is excited to come back, he’s ready to fight again so we’re really in for a fun 2021.”

Francis Ngannou has bounced back impressively from his first loss against Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. He is now on a four-fight win streak with all four wins coming via stoppage in the first round. Against the likes of Cain Velasquez and Curtis Blaydes, among others. ‘The Predator’ is the undisputed number one challenger for the title. However, he has been waiting for a title shot for a long time. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 28: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Target Center on June 28, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The rematch is set to take place early next year between Miocic and Ngannou. The winner of the fight will most likely face Jon Jones next after having had sufficient time to recover.

However, if Jones wishes to stay active, he could fight the likes of Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis, and Alistair Overeem. If he chooses to wait for the title shot, he will have been inactive for over a year and a half and could be dealing with rust against either Miocic or Ngannou. 

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Do you think Jones will sit out till late 2021? Or will he stay active?

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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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