“The Guy’s Pathetic” – Colby Covington Rips Into Jon Jones for Thinking He Can Become Heavyweight Champion

Published 12/17/2021, 7:00 AM EST
NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington battles Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The former college roommate of Jon Jones, Colby Covington, slammed him in a recent interview. ‘Chaos’ called the former two-time light heavyweight champion pathetic and said he shouldn’t be in the pound-for-pound rankings.

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‘Bones’ relinquished his light heavyweight title back in 2020 and hasn’t competed since. He is looking to move up a division and has been training for it ever since. During an interview, Covington laughed off the chances of Jones becoming a heavyweight champion in 2022. He said, “Absolutely not. I don’t even know if he can beat up his wife still. The guy’s pathetic. He’s just grasping at straws now… How is he still even in the pound-for-pound rankings? The moral of the story is the only person Jon Jones has beaten in the last 3-4 years is his wife… How is he still credible to be a pound-for-pound fighter?”

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“The guy’s washed up. Dana White said it himself, Uncle Dana. He’s the biggest waste of talent in the history of the UFC. I don’t think we should see that guy fight again. I think he’s cognitively declined. All the partying, all the drugs, all the steroids. The guy’s a mess. He needs to get his life together before he even thinks about fighting again,” he added.

Covington referred to the domestic violence charges against Jones in Las Vegas. Recently, the charges were dropped after he reached a plea deal.

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Jon Jones is pushing to be a champion again

The former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion and the youngest champion in UFC history is aiming for gold. Jon Jones has not competed inside the octagon since February 8, 2020, when he defended his title against Dominick Reyes. After the fight, he gave up his title in pursuit of becoming a heavyweight. Ever since then, he’s been training and is looking to fight next year.

‘Bones’, in a recent Instagram post, assured his fans that he will fight and become the heavyweight champion. He wrote, “I said I’ll be the champion in 2022, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I feel like I’m jumping up three weight classes, going from competing at 205 pounds to 265 pounds is no easy task. Nothing great happened overnight. I’m patient and I’m working my ass off every day towards my goals.”

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Ever since leaving his old gym, he has been training at Fight Ready, alongside Henry Cejudo. He looks to have gained a lot of mass and weight and seems to be on his way to full fitness soon. Fight fans have been eagerly waiting for him to make a comeback soon.

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Do you think Colby Covington is right about Jones being washed up? Can Jon Jones win the heavyweight title in the future? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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