Jon Jones UFC Return Timeline Revealed by Dana White

Published 03/27/2021, 1:21 AM EDT
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 Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


UFC President Dana White appeared on First Take to promote UFC 260 that goes down on Saturday in Vegas. While breaking down the aforementioned pay-per-view main event bout, White jumped right into the title picture going forward. Chiefly, Jones has figured into the title landscape at heavyweight as he’s preparing for his debut in the division.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Jon Jones vacated his championship last year in order to finalize a bump up to the heavyweight division. This is a move he’s teased for a meaningful period, and he’s finally ready to make the transition. UFC fans are waiting with earnest anticipation to finally see how the heavyweight GOAT performs in his heavyweight debut.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Dana White previews Jon Jones’ future in the organization

White put forth a viable timeline for Jones to make his debut as a UFC heavyweight. Given Jones’ Hall of Fame career at light heavyweight, he’s most certainly earned a title fight on his divisional debut. Dana White, who recognizes this, has slated Jon Jones to take on the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 17: UFC President Dana White interacts with the crowd during the UFC Time Is Now press conference at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on November 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Jones has been training, you know, for this moment for a while now. He’s been putting on weight, he’s been lifting weights and preparing to move up to heavyweight so I’m sure he’ll be watching closely on Saturday night, and then whoever wins, we’ll figure out when this fight happens. I assuming what makes the most sense is Jones vs the winner sometime in the fall.”

The heavyweight division going forward: An Overview

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Looking at the frequency of title fights in the organization, a fall debut for Jon Jones is the best-case scenario. ‘Bones’ will absolutely have his eyes peeled towards UFC 260’s main event as he’s definitely facing one of the two main eventers. Jon Jones has done it all in MMA, and it’s exciting to see him undertake a new challenge.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones looks on during a Light Heavyweight titlebout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

However, the aforementioned timeline is bad news for other heavyweight fighters looking to make a run. Fighters like Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane who have climbed to the top will be forced to eliminate each other to stay active. Jones’ divisional debut has certainly caused ripples in the way the other contenders will move forward towards title shots.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Trending Stories

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Darryl Pinto

1797 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT