Jones Admits He Wanted Stipe Fight

Jon Jones nearly jumped the line as the UFC light heavyweight champion was interested in UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic as his next opponent.

“I was trying to get a Stipe Miocic fight,” Jones said at the press conference announing that he and Dominick Reyes were headlining UFC 247 in February. “I thought that maybe it would happen but instead we have Stipe-DC (Daniel Cormier) 3.

“But at the moment I was so ready to go to heavyweight and stick my hands in with some of those big fellas.”

“After this Thiago Santos fight, I was at a place where I wanted to start entertaining the heavyweight division,” Jones said. “I’ve been wrestling with my brother my whole life. I’ve been going with Andrei Arlovski and [Alistair] Overeem and all these big guys my whole career and I’ve always done well. At 240 [pounds] I move just as well as a I do at light heavyweight. My versatility, I realize, is not things most heavyweights would do, spinning things, flying knees, things like that. I feel really good.

“The time is going to be really close. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened in 2020. I was 240 not that long ago. Right now, I’m living with my nutritionist and I’ve built a home gym in my garage and I feel really, really good right now. I’m 230 with a six pack.”

“I think it’s a very strong possibility, absolutely,” Jones said of leveling up to heavyweight in 2020. “There’s always going to be someone next. I feel as if I’ve cleared the division and I’m waiting around and I’m taking on new challenges. I’m not sitting on the title. I’m not hiding from anybody.

“I chose Dominick because he appears to be the best out of all of my contenders and I’m just ready to just take over the world.”

Report: MMA Fighting

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