What Does Jon Jones’ Move To Heavyweight Mean For His Legacy?

Published 01/20/2021, 8:29 AM 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 light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is set to chart a new course in his career in 2021. ‘Bones’, who vacated his 205-pound gold strap in 2020, announced that he would be moving up to heavyweight. This has been a move that has been up for discussion for a meaningful period of time, and it seems like Jones is finally ready.

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Moreover, Jones has taken the move-up very seriously, by the looks of his social media. The consensus GOAT has been powerlifting in order to properly integrate himself into a heavyweight frame. As per a recent update, Jon Jones has bulked up to 250-pounds and looks ready to compete at a high level.

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Not to mention, it’s virtually a given that Jones will be staying at heavyweight for a significant period. Some fans and pundits predict that he may never go back down to 205-pounds, given the way he’s constructed his physique. Chiefly, a lot rides on his heavyweight debut and the manner in which he performs.

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Bones’ Jones has the difficult task of trying to outdo himself and cement a new legacy from what he had built at light heavyweight. Jones has been an undisputed champion since 2011, barring the times he was stripped due to various misdemeanors. Although he has one loss on his record, it is overlooked as a technicality given the circumstances.

LAS VEGAS – DECEMBER 5: Matt Hamill (camo/black shorts) def. Jon Jones (red shorts) – Disqualification (illegal elbows) – 4:14 round 1 during The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Pearl at the Palms on December 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jones will face the winner of Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou in what is a highly anticipated match-up in itself. The legacy he has crafted for himself at 205-pounds is the reason he’s walking straight into a title shot. However, the question remains, how will the move to heavyweight affect his legacy when it’s all said and done?

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Chiefly, it comes down to how dominant he looks when he scraps with some of the hardest hitters he’s faced. Jones was used to being the bigger man, but now he’ll be sized in a more comparative fashion. What’s more, if he racks up wins and stays out of trouble for the remainder of his career, Jon Jones will likely leave MMA as the unanimous GOAT.

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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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