‘He’s Wiped Out a Division’ Jon Jones Coach Backing UFC Star to Dominate at Heavyweight

December 28, 2020 6:00 pm

The debut of Jon Jones at heavyweight is one of the most anticipated events of 2021 for the MMA community. ‘Bones’ has become the youngest ever champion in the UFC and since then has created multiple records. He has never lost a fight as a champion.

In 2020, after yet another successful title defense, ‘Bones’ relinquished his light heavyweight title and announced his move to the heavyweight division.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones looks on during a Light Heavyweight titlebout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Jones’s coaches are eagerly anticipating their pupil’s bow at heavyweight. They believe that he has all the skills it takes to dominate the weight class. There is no opponent yet, as the UFC is yet to announce a date between champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou. It’s rumored that Jones would fight the winner of the fight.

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Making the leap to 265 pounds

Speaking to MMA Fighting, coach Mike Winkeljohn gave his thoughts on the move. The jump from 205 to the heavyweight limit represents a significant difference in weight, with most heavyweight’s cutting to make the weight.

“You’re not just going up a division, you might be going up by like 50 pounds sometimes,” Winkeljohn said. “These guys are big. It’s not like going up 15 pounds like everybody else. It can be a big jump. So that makes a big difference.”

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Jon has always done very well [against heavyweights],” Winkeljohn continued. “He’s always had the ability to change up things and as far as fight IQ, Jon’s that guy. If he’s fighting a guy like Andrei Arlovski with a big overhand, he knows how to nullify it. If he’s fighting a guy like Alistair Overeem, who throws a big hook into a knee to the body, he knows how to avoid that.”

Jon Jones has the IQ to be UFC Heavyweight Champion

Jones has fought the best of the best during his career and faced all kinds of styles. His coach believes that ‘Bones’ ability to adapt his fighting style to each opponent will play a key role. 

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones celebrates his KO victory over Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“He’s wiped out a division, so it makes sense [to go to heavyweight],” Winkeljohn concluded. “I put money on Jon going to heavyweight and dominating there, too.” 

Jon Jones has been patiently waiting for his UFC heavyweight debut. He has been keeping himself busy in the gym and seems to have focused on getting ready for 265.

Dana White recently announced that Jones would not be getting the title shot before Francis Ngannou. With the potential rematch scheduled for March/April, we may only see Jones return in the second half of 2021.

Read: Dana White Makes a Huge Statement on Jon Jones- Will Not Get Title Shot Before Francis Ngannou 

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Keith Dsouza

Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India. Besides MMA, Keith is also well versed in Formula 1.

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