UFC Light-Heavyweight GOAT Jon Jones has revealed that he has no plans of going back to the light-heavyweight division, ever again. Jon Jones, earlier this year, moved up to the heavyweight division; although he is yet to make his heavyweight debut, Jon is surely in line for a marquee clash, probably against the winner of Francis Ngannou vs Stipe Miocic.
Speaking to Bleacher Report, Jon Jones divulged that it was time for someone else to have the coveted light-heavyweight belt, since he had had it for a pretty long time, while confirming that he would never go back to 205lbs.
‘It’s time for someone else to have it’ – Jon Jones
Jon Jones was quoted as saying, The reason why I decided to vacate the light heavyweight belt and not hang onto it is that I knew my move to heavyweight was going to take a really long time. I didn’t want to be one of those athletes to slow down the division. I feel like I’ve held onto the light heavyweight championship for so long—I’ve ruined so many people’s dreams of being the light heavyweight champion—and now it’s time for someone else to have it. [via MMA Fighting]
He further stated, “I thought it was the right thing to do for everyone else. I could have done the selfish thing and held onto it and come up with a bunch of excuses and lied to the fans and said I was going to come back down to light heavyweight and made all these guys wait. I didn’t want to do that. I have no intentions of ever going back to light heavyweight.” [via MMA Fighting]
There you have it. The light-heavyweight GOAT has spoken. Do you think Jon will be able to recreate his light-heavyweight heroics in the heavyweight division?