“He Is a Hard Worker”- Claressa Shields Asks Fans to Support Jon Jones in His Tough Time

Published 09/28/2021, 12:35 PM EDT


Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones got inducted to the UFC Hall Of Fame last week for his 2013 fight against Alexander Gustafsson. However, Jones was at the center of some major controversy on the same night. Following that, PFL fighter Claressa Shields has come out in Jones’s support.

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Shields, a teammate of Jones, has been training with ‘Bones’ at the Jackson-Wink MMA for quite a while now. Judging by her first fight, training with one of the greatest fighters of all time had certainly helped her grow.

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I know that Jon’s a great guy. I don’t know what happened when he was in Vegas. People make stuff up on him,” said Shields.

“I kinda hope people support and pray for him instead of being so judgmental or whatever. Jon’s a great guy, he loves his wife, he loves his family. He’s all round nice guy, and he is a hard worker. So, I don’t know what happened in Vegas..,” she added.

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)

Shields will return to action next month for her next fight on October 27th. She has also revealed that she is looking to enter the PFL cage once more this year, preferably in December.

What’s next for Jon Jones?

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Jon Jones hasn’t fought since his UFC 247 win against Dominick Reyes. At his recent appearance on the UFC red carpet, Jones announced that he is looking to make his debut in the UFC’s heavyweight division by 2022.

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)

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However, if the recent incidents involving him change those dates by any means, remains to be seen. But he has his teammate Shields backing him up all the way.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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