What Does Alistair Overeem Think Of Jon Jones Moving Up To Heavyweight?
Alistair Overeem has shared his thoughts on Jon Jones making the move to heavyweight.
Jones relinquished his UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship when he was in the midst of his second reign with the title. “Bones” said he knew that making the transition to heavyweight would’ve taken time and he didn’t want to hold the division up. Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will collide for the vacant gold on September 26 at UFC 253.
Speaking to reporters during a media scrum, Overeem talked about Jones eventually making the jump to heavyweight (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
“I think he’s a great addition to the heavyweight division,” Overeem said. “I’m actually excited. It’s fresh blood. I’ve trained with him. He’s very capable, he’s tough, he’s good, so I’m excited about that development.”
When asked if he’s interested in a clash with Jones, who was his training partner at Jackson-Wink MMA, “The Reem” said he’d have no issue accepting the fight.
“Yes, I would do it. I think it would be a great fight, and I would feel honored.”
Overeem will be in action this Saturday, September 5. He’ll share the Octagon with Augusto Sakai. The heavyweight clash is set to headline UFC on ESPN+ 34. Overeem is looking to nab his second straight victory. He has gone 3-1 in his last four outings.
As for Jones, he’s likely to be paying close attention to many heavyweight bouts as he continues to bulk up. “Bones” has amassed a pro MMA record of 26-1, 1 NC. Along the way, he has captured the UFC Light-Heavyweight Title twice. He’s beaten the likes of Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Dominick Reyes, and Thiago Santos to name a few.
Time will tell whether or not his success at 205 pounds can translate well as a heavyweight.