Jones Confident He Can Beat Miocic
If Jon Jones can beat Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, he already has a name on his mind for who he would like to face next. The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has stated many times he would like to make the move to heavyweight, and he would like to add more gold.
Jones (25-1-, 1NC) went on the Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to state his interest in fighting UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic. He also said he knows he can beat the Ohio native.
Currently recovering from an eye injury, Stipe (19-3) lost the heavyweight Title at UFC 226 against Daniel Cormier before winning the title back from him at UFC 241. Stipe is hoping to return sometime in the next few months. He already has a challenge in Cormier for the third time, along with Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Francis Ngannou. Seeing what he went through with Cormier both times, Jones believes a fight with him would result in an easy outcome.
“I feel like I could totally beat him, just based on his performances with D.C., our speed differences, my fight IQ, my versatility, my faith and confidence,” Jones told Helwani via ESPN. “I think I’m the guy to beat him for sure. And I want to strike while I’m feeling hot.” Jones said he wouldn’t need another fight before challenging for the title. Other heavyweight contenders might have a problem with Jones jumping the line, but the magnitude of the event is likely something that would appeal to the UFC.
A move to another division can be a tough one. Normally, a fight to see how well you can fair in it is ideal. For Jones, however, he sees the idea of his “new self” as someone who can take all challenges.
“I don’t think I would need a tune-up,” Jones went on to say. “I’m pretty tuned up. I’m pretty in-tune. I feel great, I feel strong already.”
Even though he’d be fighting in a different division, Jones still wants to be a part of the light heavyweight division. With matchups like Corey Anderson, a Thiago Santos rematch and even Israel Adesanya on the table, he is looking to do everything in his power to take over the UFC once again.
UFC 247 takes place on February 8 inside the Honda Center in Houston, Texas. The co-main event will be Valentina Shevchenko defending her Flyweight Championship against Katlyn Chookagian.