What Does Stipe Miocic Think Of Jon Jones Moving To Heavyweight?
UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic has given his take on Jon Jones giving the heavyweight division a go.
Jones vacated the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, which leads to a vacant title bout between Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz. Jones has made his intentions clear when it comes to moving up to the heavyweight division. Still, “Bones” is hoping to negotiate with the UFC for a deal worthwhile.
Miocic had a chat with ESPN’s Marc Raimondi and expressed his belief that Jones can be competitive as a heavyweight (via MMANews.com).
“He’s got great technique,” Miocic said. “That’s definitely gonna help him. He’s very fluid in what he does. He’s got a great, strategic plan to how he fights. Half the game is having a good plan every time you go in and fight.”
With that said, Miocic also feels the punching power of heavyweights can catch anyone on an off night, including Jones.
“Listen, it’s big boys and they’ve got small gloves on,” Miocic said. “It just takes one. I don’t care if you hit hard or not, you can still get caught. I don’t care who you are.”
Miocic is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Cormier in their trilogy bout. Many believe that Francis Ngannou will be next in line for a shot at Miocic’s gold. Back on January 20, 2018, Miocic defeated Ngannou via unanimous decision. While Ngannou’s knockout power remains a threat, it was Miocic’s wrestling that made the difference in their first encounter.
As for Jones, he has time to bulk up while waiting for the winner of Miocic vs. Ngannou II if that rematch materializes. It would also give “Bones” more time to negotiate with the UFC. UFC President Dana White has said that Jones will not leapfrog Ngannou for the next crack at Miocic’s title.