Jon Jones Recognizes Tiger Woods as an Ambassador for America in the World of Sports

Published 01/15/2021, 2:30 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones enters the octagon in 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)


Former UFC champion Jon Jones had an impromptu Twitter Q&A session with fans after he began an online debate. Jones shared his views on athlete appreciation in the U.S. as compared to foreign countries, and his views sparked a conversation. Chiefly, the former light heavyweight kingpin has always been a polarizing figure no matter the context of the situation.

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The discussion began swirling around the massive names in American sports as compared to soccer icon David Beckham. While some fans seemed to believe that Beckham’s popularity was unmatched, others began to name some Americans who they believed usurped him in popularity. Jones seemed to agree with one fan’s notion that golf ace Tiger Woods sat atop the mountain.

There’s no doubt that Woods has been the face of golf worldwide and his recognition value is extremely high. Even after several years of hiatus and a decent spread of controversies, Woods’ name remains synonymous with golf. Not to mention, he has signature deals with brands like Nike to further elevate his stock.

Jon Jones: What’s next for the phenom?

While Tiger Woods’ greatness is not up for debate, ‘Bones’ Jones has a lot of thinking to do to figure out his next move. The consensus GOAT announced that he was currently 250 pounds and he’s definitely going to scrap at heavyweight. The question begins to arise more so regarding the right opponent who he should step in with.

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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)

Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is tied up at the moment, and his next fight will be against Francis Ngannou. This bout is still some time away as the first quarter of 2021 plays out, leaving Jones on the shelf. Additionally, fighting at heavyweight always runs a risk of possibly getting KOed simply by virtue of their power.

While that is unlikely to happen to an all-time great like Jon Jones, he’ll still have to be on his toes every time he competes. Since waiting out on the sidelines for the Miocic-Ngannou winner is a task in itself, securing another match-up is key.

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Fans and pundits alike have been calling for a fight against either Derrick Lewis or Curtis Blaydes. Fighting either man will provide Jones with a good litmus test of what the heavyweight division looks like.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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