‘I Would Like to Fight the Winner of Ngannou and Ciryl’- Jon Jones All Set to Compete at Heavyweight

Published 09/24/2021, 10:03 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on after his after their UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout with Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently gave a timeline for his heavyweight debut. ‘Bones’ is interested in fighting the winner of the Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane fight.

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‘Bones’ is one of the greatest fighters to grace the octagon. Many consider him the best light heavyweight fighter in the promotion’s history. He has defeated many big names in the roster throughout his professional MMA career.

Furthermore, Jones has been the most dominant champion in his division. However, he vacated his 205lbs title after defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in 2020 and announced a move to the heavyweight division.

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The American fighter looked to book a fight against ‘The Predator’. However, the bout never happened, with the promotion choosing to set up an interim heavyweight title bout between Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis instead.

Since then, Jones’ fans are eager to see the former champion in action inside the octagon. Interestingly, the former champion has now given an update on his return. ‘Bones’ recently appeared at the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony and answered few questions.

While talking about his return, Jones said, “So I’m hearing Francis and Ciryl Gane are gonna fight may be in January. And so I’m predicting maybe I will fight in the second quarter of next year.”

He added, “I would like to fight the winner of Ngannou and Ciryl, but we got Stipe out there lingering as well. We will see what the UFC decides to do. But I would like to fight the winner of those two.”

The 32-year-old wants to fight the winner of the heavyweight bout. He has his eyes on the heavyweight championship. And now, it won’t be long until his fans see him back in action.

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Jon Jones and His Illustrious UFC Career

The American-born fighter Jon Jones is one of the greatest fighters of all time. He has only one loss in his professional fighting resume. The (26-1) record holder was on a six-fight win streak before his UFC debut.

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INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones celebrates his KO victory over Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden in their light heavyweight bout 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)

‘Bones’ has remained in the win column ever since he lost to Matt Hamill in 2009. He became the light heavyweight champion in the year 2011 and ruled the division until he vacated his gold strap in 2020 and announced his move to heavyweight.

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Jones is currently #1 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound roster. However, he is still waiting for his heavyweight debut, which will either be against Stipe Miocic or the winner of the heavyweight title bout. No matter who the opponent is, seeing ‘Bones’ in action again will be a treat for combat sports fans.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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