‘There’s No Backup Plan’ – Jon Jones Says It’s Heavyweight or Nothing For Him

Published 04/12/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
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)


The UFC heavyweight division has just been introduced to the era of Francis Ngannou. The superhuman Cameroonian beat Stipe Miocic, widely regarded as the greatest heavyweight of all time, to win the heavyweight belt. Now, Jon Jones will have to be the one who will have any chance of stopping him.

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Jones announced that he was moving up to heavyweight after defending his light heavyweight title 13 times. He didn’t lose a single fight after his highly controversial loss against Matt Hamill, and absolutely dominated the division, beating everyone in his path.

However, this move up to heavyweight will be the litmus test for a man who people regard as the greatest fighter ever to live. He talked to FightHype.com in a short interview and revealed his plans for the future. The interviewer asked him if there was a backup plan in case his title shot against Ngannou doesn’t materialize, and Jones said no.

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“There’s no backup plan. Whether I’m fighting Francis for the title, whether I’m fighting Derrick Lewis for the title, whether I’m Francis’ third, fourth title defense, it won’t matter to me. My goal is to be the heavyweight champion, and the opponent won’t matter,” he said.

Jon Jones is getting ready for the title fight at heavyweight

Jones showed that he is really serious about this after some doubts about it in the minds of some MMA fans and the UFC President Dana White.

We’re just getting ready. We’re just getting ready, and we believe that ‘good’ will prevail,” he said, promising a victory against the champion, no matter who he might be. However, a fight against Ngannou would be the hardest one ‘Bones’ has ever been in.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon kicks Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Ngannou has exceptionally scary knockout power. Furthermore, he added some good wrestling to his already overpowered skill set, and now he looks unbeatable.

At UFC 260, ‘The Predator’ stayed patient with his attacks and improved his conditioning. He is likely to fight in the same vein as the defending champion. Hence, Jon Jones will have to give his all to beat this behemoth of a man.

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Do you think Jon Jones can beat Francis Ngannou? Do you think anyone can beat ‘The Predator’?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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