For his long-awaited heavyweight debut, Jon Jones should be able to try his hand at the title right away, presumably against the winner of the ‘Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou ‘, whose date is yet to be determined around March 2021. The former light heavyweight champion has already announced that he has no preference for his next opponent, he will be ready for both.
In a recent interview with US media outlet Bleacher Report, Jon Jones confirmed that he would not look back now that he has prepared for the heavyweight category. The former light heavyweight champion, who has dominated his category for more than 9 years, indeed believes that it is definitely time to leave his place to someone else to allow himself to advance, so than its former contenders for the title 205 pounds. “The reason I decided to drop the half-heavyweight belt was that I knew my move to heavyweight was going to take a long time,” Jones said. “I didn’t want to be one of those athletes holding back the division. I feel like I’ve held onto the light heavyweight title for so long, I’ve ruined the dreams of so many people by being the light heavyweight champion… Now it’s time for someone else to see her (…). I have no intention of returning to light heavy. ”
A radical choice that should allow him to fully concentrate on his future division, where a gigantic challenge awaits him since he should directly have a title shot. And ‘Bones’ already warns: Whether the belt in the premier category is to be removed from Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou, he is comfortable with both options. “I’ll be ready for one or the other,” he assured. “Both fights are extremely difficult. Stipe is the greatest heavyweight of all time. He has all the statistics and records to prove it. And Francis is just a monster with his knockout power, and he’s constantly improving. ” “Both fights are huge challenges, but that’s why I’m here at this stage of my career: To aim big and see what I have in my stomach. ” Finally, Jon Jones also clarified that he intended to defend the title a few times if he wins it, the time to sustainably consolidate his legacy, before retiring and embarking on humanitarian work.