Jon Jones seems to be serious about moving up to heavyweight.
At UFC 249, Francis Ngannou knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in seconds to cement himself as the No. 1 contender in the heavyweight division. The problem is, the heavyweight division is currently waiting on a trilogy fight between champion Stipe Miocic and former champion Daniel Cormier to take place, leaving Ngannou in the lurch. However, in the aftermath of Ngannou’s win, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones threw out himself as a potential opponent for Ngannou and “The Predator” was quick to say he’d be happy to oblige.
Well yesterday, Jones doubled down on his call out, calling for the UFC to make the fight happen.
Send The Deal— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 18, 2020
Jones’ call out of Ngannou is a stark departure from previous years where Jones has been relatively uninterested in moving up to heavyweight, and even his biggest rival, Daniel Cormier, commended Jones for his willingness to fight the scariest opponent in the sport, calling it “one of the most gangster things in the world.” Never one to miss an opportunity, Jones then took that clip of Cormier and used it to very succinctly lay out the intrigue in a Jones vs. Ngannou fight.
Some of you have been waiting to see me lose for over a decade, now finally you stick me in there with a giant with your mouthwatering. Maybe you’ll see what you’ve been waiting for for years, maybe you won’t. The question is how much are you willing to pay to see it? pic.twitter.com/FufJuVCaMI— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 18, 2020
For all intents and purposes, Jon Jones is undefeated inside the cage, having only a highly controversial DQ loss and a no-contest as a result of banned substances. Since Jones’ UFC debut in 2008, fans have wondered how to beat “Bones” and so far, no one has had an answer. Moving up to heavyweight has long been viewed as the most dangerous path for Jones to take and one he never showed an interest in. But now Jones is speaking like his move up is inevitable, saying that he plans to weigh 240 pounds when he wins his second divisional title.
That’s me right before the OSP fight. That was the biggest I had ever been and actually my first fight fighting under USADA‘s guidelines. I was 240 pounds in that picture, right around the weight I’ll probably be when I win the heavyweight championship of the world. https://t.co/q84LPpzSMd— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 19, 2020
All of this leaves Jan Blachowicz, the presumptive No. 1 contender at light heavyweight, out in the cold but the MMA community is not likely to shed any tears over that. The light heavyweight champion moving up in weight to take on the most feared fighter in the sport is the kind of thing Disney movies are made of. It’s been a long time since Jon Jones was the underdog and he seems to be relishing that opportunity.
Everyone will call you crazy until you pull it off. Remember that young people— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 19, 2020
The only small hiccup here is that Ngannou is not currently the heavyweight champion. Still, if the UFC is interested in making a Jones-Ngannou fight, it seems obvious the bout would be for an interim title. And if Jones were to win even an interim title at heavyweight, it might just lock up his claim to being the greatest fighter of all-time.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Conor still believing he’ll rematch Floyd.
It was a great contest, just watched it back!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 18, 2020
Early rounds all mine, and even later rounds when legs where gone, I still outlanded him.
I received my credit from many notable names in the boxing world, which I was thankful for.
None more so than from Mike.
Excited for part 2. https://t.co/ysL9NNnFsO
Jon beefing with Chael still.
DC being helpful.
Hey champ @stipemiocic I just got a message from Kyle from Zebra Mats he wanted to tell you this. “Tell Stipe I can get him mats and a cage wall in 5 days. Sign the bout agreement and give me a credit card number” @kyle_r_fisher @ZebraMats— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 18, 2020
Woodley sonning Dominick Reyes.
Likely cause im a 5X World Champ & had a bad night. Sure u made honorable mention. People that are on the list usually dont focus on being on the list. Too busy chasing titles, redemption or defending. I've given you high praises. Dont knock me down to lift urself up. #BeBlessed https://t.co/08DPfm0S1u— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) May 18, 2020
He upset with ranking that are merely something to refer to. Dont mean shit these days. He wants p4p ranking for giving Jon a good fight. His best was close but not enough. Jon can adjust like he did vs Gus & DC. Guess Tim Elliot should be p4p Top 5 since he took Dj 2 deep waters https://t.co/LZyGoU0Iro— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) May 18, 2020
Not gonna happen. Either of these.
Edson, no disrespect, but I believe you lost the fight to Dan Ige.— GIGA CHIKADZE (@giga_chikadze) May 18, 2020
You are on 3 fight losing streak and I’m on a 3 fight winning streak , we both strikers and you wouldn’t need to think of my takedowns.
Let’s put a show for the fans!@ufc @danawhite @seanshelby
This gonna work amazingly well. . .
UFC launches remote anti-doping testing pilot program with USADA. Here’s what that means and kudos to the following athletes for participating:— Jeff Novitzky (@JeffNovitzkyUFC) May 18, 2020
@erykanders @FeeNom479 @AshleyYoderMMA @cors_life @JimmieRivera135 https://t.co/nPrGFu0mSS
I vote for the UFC doing a heavyweight GP of sorts. Stipe-DC for the title. Jones-Ngannou for interim belt. Winners fight.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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