Jon Jones On Possible Return, Explains The Ongoing Gym Plight
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has shared a word on his ongoing gym dilemma and revealed the two potential dates for his possible return to the octagon.
The fight fans have been eagerly waiting to see the former Champion make his return to the octagon.
Previously, Jones had hinted at a fight with current Heavyweight title holder, Francis Ngannou. But now the Rochester native has provided a more specific estimation for his highly-anticipated comeback thus increasing the excitement of the MMA fans to a whole level.
He linked his potential comeback to the heavyweight unification bout between Ngannou and Gane in January.
“I’m looking to fight somewhere in April, possibly Madison Square Garden, or total opposite date, possibly July at International Fight Week. So those are the two dates that I’m eying. I think it’ll depend on who wins in January between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, and we’ll just take it from there.”
The former pound-for-pound king hasn’t been in action since making a successful defense of his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes in February 2020.
Following his return to the throne in 2018, Jones defended his Light Heavyweight belt three times in the octagon before eventually relinquishing the title in order to take one step further and move to the Heavyweight division.
Jones is yet to make his debut in the fresh division with negotiations for a potential blockbuster fight with Francis Ngannou failing to meet its desired end. And all this while, Jones hasn’t had an easy time outside the octagon as he was abandoned by his long-time coach Mike Winkeljohn.
Jones was also suspended from the coach’s gym following his charges on battery domestic violence in September.
Following his termination of the membership from the gym, Jones quickly found another familiar place for the training, Jackson’s MMA Acoma, a gym affiliated with coach Greg Jackson.
However, lately, Jones has been seen training with former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo and the Fight Ready team in Phoenix, Arizona.
Fans were a bit startled by Jones’s move to a new place. But during a recent interview with KRQE News, Jones clarified the ongoing gym rift, affirming he will represent both gyms while moving forward.
“As far as fighting, I feel like I’m in tremendous shape. I’m excited to still be representing Albuquerque, New Mexico. I just recently joined with a team called Fight Ready out of Arizona. So I’ll be representing both teams moving forward.”
It will be interesting to see what the UFC has in store for the Jones’ possible return. All the queries will be answered after the Heavyweight unification bout that is set to take place at UFC 270 in January.