“I Feel like I’m Jumping up Three Weight Classes”- Jon Jones Says the Transition to Heavyweight Hasn’t Been Easy

Published 12/16/2021, 11:41 AM EST
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white.) 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)


When people talk about the greatest fighters ever to grace the octagon, Jon Jones’s name surely comes up. ‘Bones’ only has a single loss in his 27 fight pro MMA career. In addition to being a former two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jones also held the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

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Jon, before going on a hiatus, defeated the likes of Dominick Reyes, Thiago Santos, Daniel Cormier, and Alexander Gustafsson. He defeated Gustafsson twice – once in 2013 and another in 2018. The 34-year-old hasn’t appeared in the octagon since Feb. 2020.

The American fighter has hinted at making a heavyweight debut. Consequently, he is seen putting some weight on and improving his fighting skills.

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He shared his progress on Instagram, stating,” 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 a** off every day towards my goals.”

 

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Fans and other fighters quickly jumped in the comments calling Jones the future champ. Notably, the former UFC Flyweight Champion and Bantamweight Champion, Henry Cejudo, showed his support by commenting, “The comeback!”

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Who will Jon Jones make his debut against?

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Currently, the heavyweight division is ruled by Francis Ngannou. ‘The Predator (16-3) is set to clash against Ciryl Gane in January at UFC 270. The event will go down at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Ciryl is also on a winning train with an undefeated record of 7 wins after entering the UFC.

Jon Jones is mostly to fight the winner of the UFC 270 headliner fight. He has previously hinted at fighting Francis a couple of times. ‘Bones’ shared that he was feeling confident with the weight gain. MMA community will most likely see his return to the cage in mid or the end of 2022.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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