When Could Jon Jones Challenge For UFC Heavyweight Title?
We have some sort of indication on the timeframe for Jon Jones’ return.
Jones had the MMA world buzzing with his decision to vacate the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in the summer of 2019. “Bones” made the decision in an effort to bulk up and join the heavyweight ranks. At first glance, he’s certainly making strides physically.
TMZ Sports was able to speak with UFC President Dana White. During the interview, White revealed a possible timeframe for Jones’ heavyweight debut (via BJPenn.com).
“We know what [Jones] wants. He wants the winner of Stipe and Francis, so that fight has got to happen first.
“It should happen this year. It depends if that fight with Stipe and Francis goes off before summer. Then we could have (Jones vs. the winner) happen in the summertime.”
The rematch between UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou will take place on March 27. The title fight will serve as the main event of UFC 260. It appears to be all but a lock that Jones will challenge the winner.
Jones hasn’t competed since February 2020. He successfully defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship for the final time against Dominick Reyes. Jones won the fight via unanimous decision.
In an interview with Tom Taylor for Bleacher Report, Jones admitted that he felt sticking around at 205 pounds wouldn’t have helped his legacy.
“I was just ready to challenge myself. I was ready to enter a new chapter in my career. At this point, I’m in this sport for legacy and for the biggest-paying fights, and I just don’t think that continuing on at light heavyweight was going to do much for my legacy.”