Jon Jones Might Not Make Heavyweight Debut Until 2023

Jon Jones might have to wait a bit longer for his heavyweight debut.

The former light heavyweight champion has continuously talked about making a return to the octagon by the end of this year, but those plans were seemingly crushed after the UFC announced a rematch between Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira as the main event.

Just hours before the announcement, Jones said on Twitter that he was preparing to fight former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on the last UFC PPV of the year on December 10.

Rumors of that fight have been swirling for a while now, but it’s unclear when it’ll actually happen.

Jones has been training to make his debut at heavyweight for nearly three years.

He has not fought since defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in 2020. He vacated his long-held title shortly after.

But current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou also continues to lurk in the background.

He has been rehabbing a knee injury that he sustained before his title defense in January, and is likely to return sometime in 2023 for what may be his last fight with the promotion.

Earlier this year, Jones said on social media that he feels that his time in the light heavyweight division is long gone. He believes that he’s destined to fight at the heavyweight level.

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