Combat sports legend Henry Cejudo is quite sure that there’s no one close to defeating his now pupil Jon Jones during the latter’s tenure as an active MMA fighter until a different species presents itself altogether. Cejudo hasn’t fought since April of 2020 after he decided to retire from the sport and be a coach and a podcaster. However, Cejudo has claimed his interest in fighting for the UFC featherweight championship to become the first UFC fighter to have 3-divisions belts under his legacy.
Cejudo, the former 2-division champion and Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling, now coaches a lot of well-known fighters such as current UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo, former women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili and now former light-heavyweight champion Jones himself. Jones has not fought since February of 2020 after he defended his light-heavyweight championship one last time, getting a unanimous decision victory against Dominick Reyes.
Henry Cejudo thinks Francis Ngannou has a chance against Jon Jones but…
Now since his last fight, Jones has been working on his physiology and adding new skills to his already impeccable arsenal to match up to the competition in the heavyweight division. Jones has expressed his desire to be in peak shape by mid-year. Cejudo concludes what Jones’ potential level in the heavyweight division is and who can dethrone the invincibility of this fighter.
“Ain’t nobody in the heavyweight division that’s really going to touch him,” says Cejudo on his podcast co-hosted alongside Dave Schmulenson titled The Triple C and Schmo Show “The only guy that really has a chance to beat Jones is Francis Ngannou with knockout power but even that man Jon Jones could strike himself, he could wrestle, he could take out legs… you almost gonna get a damn grizzly bear to beat Jon Jones. That’s the only way“
What do you make of Cejudo considering a grizzly bear to defeat Jones? How do you think Jones would defeat a grizzly bear in a fantasy matchup? On a serious note, who do you think should Jones fight, or does he deserve a title fight on his return to the upper weight class? Also, do you miss Cejudo inside the Octagon, who should he fight to come out of his retirement?