September 29, 2022

Jon Jones is lastly able to make his eagerly anticipated heavyweight debut, in keeping with the UFC president Dana White.

The previous UFC light-heavyweight champion has not competed since choosing up a controversial resolution win over Dominick Reyes in February 2020.

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Jones gave up his light-heavyweight title after beating Reyes in 2020

After that combat, ‘Bones’ relinquished his 205lb title and introduced he’ll compete at heavyweight transferring ahead. Nevertheless, the bulking-up course of and a contract concern with the UFC delayed his divisional debut.

Former UFC fighter Yorgan De Castro has lately been sparring with Jones and revealed that the Corridor of Famer now weighs 255lbs, simply 10lbs shy of the 265lb heavyweight restrict.

That’s a far cry from the thin 6ft 4in, 205lb fighter that burst onto the scene in 2008, earlier than turning into the youngest champion in UFC historical past when he beat Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in 2011 at simply 23 years outdated.

The UFC boss has now confirmed that each one obstacles in the best way of Jones’ subsequent combat have been overcome and he’s now simply ready on an opponent.

Jones wants to be a physical match for the baddest men on the planet

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Jones desires to be a bodily match for the baddest males on the planet

Jones has spent two years working on his new body

Jones has spent two years engaged on his new physique


“Jon Jones is able to go. We’re simply ready for an opponent,” White informed broadcaster Jim Rome.

“It’s both going to be Francis [Ngannou], relying on how lengthy his knee goes to take to get better, or Stipe Miocic.”

The present UFC heavyweight champion hasn’t fought since choosing up a win over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 in January.

Ngannou underwent knee surgical procedure after the combat and was anticipated to be out for the remainder of 2022 however lately urged he might return in December.

Ngannou’s UFC future is up in the air right now

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Ngannou’s UFC future is up within the air proper now

Former heavyweight champion Miocic hasn’t fought since losing his belt

Former heavyweight champion Miocic hasn’t fought since dropping his belt

The Cameroonian knockout artist’s UFC future is at the moment up within the air as his present contract has technically expired and he’s solely tied to the promotion till the top of the 12 months as a consequence of a ‘Championship Clause’.

Ngannou is hoping to re-sign with the UFC however has demanded a big pay rise and the liberty to take boxing matches towards the likes of Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

Miocic hasn’t been seen within the UFC since he misplaced the heavyweight title to Ngannou in March 2021.

The 39-year-old was briefly linked to a July combat with Jones, nevertheless it was revealed he wouldn’t be able to combat once more till September on the earliest.

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