Jon Jones Vows To Become the UFC Heavyweight Champion in 2022

Published 08/05/2021, 12:34 AM EDT
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)


Former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones took to Twitter recently to give his fans a teaser about his future. Jones hasn’t competed since his UFC 247 win against Dominick Reyes. It was one of the most lackluster performances of Jones’ career and many believed Reyes should have got the nod by the judges.

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Nevertheless, ‘Bones’ has since relinquished his 205 lbs belt. He has been bulking up to move to the heavyweight division of the UFC. A super-fight against Francis Ngannou is on every UFC fan’s wishlist. But the negotiations regarding that contest have never materialized to reality.

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Nevertheless, while being on the sidelines, Jones has been very much active on social media, especially on Twitter. The former champion tweeted out once again recently. He teased his fans again about becoming a UFC champion once more in 2022.

While he didn’t mention any specific weight class or any more details, one might assume he’s looking to capture the heavyweight belt. Jones believes he has done it all at the 205 lbs division of the UFC and it is time for him to pursue a new challenge to stay motivated. Taking on heavyweights fit that bill perfectly for him.

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Who will Jon Jones fight upon his UFC return?

Given his accomplishments over the last decade, it is expected that ‘Bones‘ will get an immediate shot at the title once he returns to the UFC Octagon. Ngannou is currently on the sidelines but will probably fight once before the end of the year. Whether he can retain his belt, remains to be seen.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on prior to his UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout against 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)

There are many exciting opponents for Jones to take on in his divisional debut. The likes of Stipe Miocic, Curtis Blaydes, and more all promise to be mouth-watering matchups. But a fight for the belt is what Jones will primarily look to have. Whether he can keep up to his promise and get the UFC belt at a second weight class remains to be seen.

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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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