With Jon Jones amping up his training and looking like he’s ready for a return soon rather than later, current Bellator heavyweight grand prix contestant Chael Sonnen thinks Jones and his team know something the public does not.
“If we are to believe that he is going to be out until summer of next year, which is the minimum that he would be out by the rules that have been explained to us,” Sonnen said on a recent episode of his Beyond the Fight podcast. “If we were to believe that, you would have to ask yourself ‘why is he training and putting out videos, and having coaches confirm that he is working now in August?’”
“It just does appear that Jon at least believes that he is about to be cleared and put onto that November card.”
Current Showtime Sports host and retired UFC heavyweight, Brendan Schaub believes the same thing regarding a Jones return to the UFC at their return to MSG with UFC 230 on November 3rd.
As for the opponent, Sonnen believes the only sensible one to make would be a third fight against Daniel Cormier, who still intends to take on two more fights before retiring in March of the coming year. The other question that he threw would be what weight the two men would be fighting at.
Sonnen thinks the only logical opponent would be Daniel Cormier, who looks to retire in March of 2019, and would only be able to fight twice within the time frame.
“If you’re Dana White and you gotta look at that and take Daniel at his word, and ‘this is my one and only shot perhaps to get Daniel and Jon together’, do you go for it? And even if you do, how do you get it done? Because you can’t get it done at 205 pounds because Daniel can’t make 205 pounds.”
“So do you get it done at heavyweight?” he continued. “And if you do, everything’s on the line now. Not just the title, the Brock Lesnar fight is now on the line.”
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