While there may be a long line of contenders for the UFC Heavyweight Title, UFC President Dana White ensured everyone that Jon Jones would be at the very top of the list.
Speaking to reporters following the latest Contender Series episode, White discussed the future of the division. After announcing his intentions to move up to heavyweight, the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in Jones seemed destined for a title shot against Stipe Miocic. White happened to agree and marked him as a high priority within the division.
“Of course,” White said when talking about a title shot for Jones, via MMA Fighting. “I mean realistically, Jon Jones is undefeated. He’s never been beat. Mazzagatti’s been out of the game for years. I don’t mean to keep beating this guy up, but you know. Jon Jones is undefeated.”
Jones (26-1, 1 NC) made his professional debut in 2008 and starting fighting in the UFC that very year. Jones won the UFC Light Heavyweight Title from Mauricio Rua and has defended the title eleven times. His last fight was in February, beating Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision at UFC 247.
“Bones” has recently been in a battle with the UFC and Dana White over pay. This came after Jones attempted to talk with the UFC about a potential “big money fight” featuring him v. heavyweight Francis Ngannou. With talks cooling down, Jones expressed a desire to vacate the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. He officially did so but went on to state he will be returning as a heavyweight.
White shared a plan for the heavyweight division not long ago, with Jones in the picture. First, however, Ngannou will fight Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Title. If Ngannou can beat Miocic, Jones’ dream will become a reality. As far as Jones’ status, following negotiations and a recent arrest, he will be taking some time to prepare. White will be waiting for his return.
“Last time we talked to Jon Jones, Jon Jones said he was going to take some time and do his things he’s into right now and take some time, and when there’s a right fight, he’ll give us a call,” White went on to say.