Jon Jones‘ fans don’t have to wait much longer from now for his return to the octagon, at least that’s what UFC President Dana White believes so. Jones, the former UFC light-heavyweight champion with most title defences in the UFC light-heavyweight history, left the division with his last title defence being against Dominick Reyes back in February 2020. Since then, the light-heavyweight crown has been passed on to the hands of 3 UFC fighters within a span of just 2 and a half years.
Jones left the 205 lbs division to commit to a new division i.e. the heavyweight for which Jones has been training since 2020, now Jones is waiting for the right opponent, a victory against whom will make Jones either the rightful contender for the next title shot or the new heavyweight champion. In between all of these conversations going throughout the time, Jones faced many ups and downs in life outside the octagon. This included being a UFC Hall of Famer for his fight against Alexander Gustafsson back in 2013, and being convicted of domestic violence.
Dana White affirms either one out of Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou is most likely to be Jon Jones’ next opponent
On the Jim Rome show, Dana White talked about the stacked fight card of UFC 276 being held this weekend and being headlined by UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and #2 ranked middleweight Jared Cannonier, the potential return of megastar Conor McGregor and much more. In the midst of all, White was asked about and therefore broke the news of the return of Jones to be sooner than expected.
“Jon Jones is ready to go,” says White “We’re just waiting for an opponent. You know it’s either going to be Francis [Ngannou] depending on how long his knee is going to take to recover or Stipe Miocic.”
Talking about Jones’ return, White further gave his thoughts on how will Jones look on his return. “It’s very interesting because I’m a huge believer in ring rust. But, for all the negative things you could say about Jon Jones and his personal life and the things that have happened, he’s the best. He’s definitely the best of all time.”
What do you make of Jones who is ready to take on either the current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou or the preceding champion Stipe Miocic? Do you think Jones can defeat either of his potential opponents? Who do you think has the better chances of defeating Jones, and do you believe in ‘ring rust’ in the case of Jones? Putting aside all the troubles associated with him outside the octagon, where do you put Jones amongst the greatest fighters of all time?