‘You Can’t Achieve Greatness’- Jon Jones Lashes Out at UFC Star Dan Hooker

Published 12/26/2021, 1:16 AM EST
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones walks to his corner in between rounds against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones went off on lightweight star Dan Hooker for his comments recently. Chiefly, ‘The Hangman’ called out Jon Jones for his controversial run-in with the law in Las Vegas while he was defending Chael Sonnen.

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Sonnen also got into hot water in Vegas recently, however, it was revealed that his detention was because he was defending his wife.

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Jones didn’t appreciate Dan Hooker’s abrasive comments, and he went on to slam Hooker’s run in the UFC. ‘Bones’ talked about how Dan Hooker hadn’t been able to capitalize on his stint in the division and also dissed Israel Adesanya. Jones most certainly doesn’t have any love for the crew over at City Kickboxing, following Hooker’s latest comments.

However, in classic Dan Hooker fashion, the ‘Hangman’ decided to strike back at Jones and doubled down on his insults. It’s clear as day that Hooker didn’t appreciate Jones bringing up Chael Sonnen’s Las Vegas detention in light of what happened to him following his induction ceremony in 2021.

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Jon Jones: Will we see the light heavyweight GOAT move to heavyweight in 2022?

One of the biggest questions surrounding Jon Jones at the moment is his possible move to the heavyweight division. Jones hasn’t competed since February 2022 and within that span of time, he relinquished his 205-pound belt. Jones has now decided that a stint at heavyweight is what is needed to boost his career in the right direction.

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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)

It is widely believed that Jon Jones will face the winner of UFC 270’s heavyweight title fight between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. Jones’ legacy as the light heavyweight kingpin has afforded him the opportunity to fight for the heavyweight strap. However, there’s no concrete timeline slated for Jon Jones’ return to the UFC.

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Apart from the championship match-up, there are other compelling fights laid out for Jon Jones in 2022. He could also face off against established heavyweight fighters like Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis. Fans are interested to see how a 240-pound version of Jones competes under the bright lights against the very best.

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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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