Jon Jones has explained why he made the decision to give up the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Jones had been in his second reign with the title. That run began on December 29, 2018. “Bones” stopped Alexander Gustafsson via third-round TKO to capture the vacant gold. He had three successful title defenses in his second reign but made the decision to relinquish the title.
Taking to his Twitter account, Jones offered his reasoning for dropping the 205-pound title.
I vacated the light heavyweight championship because I knew my heavyweight goals were going to take some time. I wasn’t going to play games with the contenders and make people fight interim championship belts. There’s little rest on the throne
— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 28, 2020
“I vacated the light heavyweight championship because I knew my heavyweight goals were going to take some time. I wasn’t going to play games with the contenders and make people fight interim championship belts. There’s little rest on the throne.”
On September 26, Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will collide for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. The title clash will serve as the co-main event of UFC 253. Reyes is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Jones in his first bid for the 205-pound title.
It’s no secret that Jones has been teasing a move to the heavyweight division. “Bones” was calling for a clash with power puncher Francis Ngannou but he ended up hitting a snag in negotiations with the UFC. The promotion’s president Dana White recently said Jones could very well receive a heavyweight title shot but he doesn’t want Ngannou to get leapfrogged.
UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic has said that he thinks Jones’ skills can be of great use with the change in weight class. With that said, Miocic also believes that one solid shot can shut the lights off Jones, or anyone for that matter. As seen in his Twitter post, Jones recognizes that a move to heavyweight will take some time. “Bones” is likely to spend countless hours bulking up while trying to find a way to maintain his cardio.