After reigning as the undisputed king of light-heavyweight division, Jon Jones relinquished his title, last summer in a bid to pursue greater and better challenges. He is yet to make his debut in the division consisting of, some of the strongest men on planet Earth; with a possible bout against the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou rematch, looming large. Jon has been actively packing on the muscle, and as of now, he looks like he has reached his final ‘heavyweight form’.
Elsewhere, British heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall who takes on Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 185, has warned Jon Jones of carrying ‘that’ extra weight ahead of Bones’s move to the heavyweight division. He further justified it saying a lot of athletes moving up a weight class, from the light-heavyweight division, end up becoming slow.
‘I’d be very interested in that‘
Speaking in an interview with talkSPORT, Aspinall said, “He’s cleared out the light-heavyweight division hasn’t he, so maybe he is looking for other challenges? I’m interested to see how he looks with all that extra weight on him because a lot of these light-heavyweights think they can come up and just think ‘oh these guys are slow and they’re not as skillful’. But when you’re carrying that extra weight it makes a big difference as well, so I am looking forward to seeing how he looks at heavyweight. I’d be very interested in that.” [via talkSPORT]
To be honest, Jon’s last two fights have been close-calls. A split decision victory against Thiago Santos and a unanimous decision victory over Dominick Reyes – Jon did not seem convincing. Added to that, Jon has finished just one of his last eight opponents. However, you never know, when it comes to the man blessed with an immense fight IQ!
Will Jon succeed in uncharted territory?