Jon Jones, after close to two years of not stepping into an octagon will return to the UFC either in April or July, at least as far as he is concerned with nothing being confirmed yet.
If Jones does return, it would be at the heavyweight division as he had vacated his position as light heavyweight champion back in August 17th, 2020 his reason being that he wanted to test himself against the heavyweight opponents.
Ever since his legal issues were dealt with, ‘Bones’ has been hitting the gym, steadily increasing his body mass and perfecting his skills in order to meet the demands that the heavyweight division requires.
But according to former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, Jones wouldn’t be able to assert his dominance in the 265-pound division as he did at light heavyweight as DC doesn’t seem him getting any further than Francis Ngannou or Ciryl Gane.
On his ESPN show ‘DC & RC‘ he said, “I believe that Jon Jones will fight at heavyweight and he’ll fight for the belt, but he’ll lose to Ciryl Gane or Francis Ngannou. I just think that the time away, with the weight difference and those guys being who they are, that’s the problem. It’s not that Jones has gotten worse, it’s just that these guys are a different level of heavyweight.”
Daniel Cormier gives his 2022 predictions
While speaking about Jon Jones and how he would fare against Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, Daniel Cormier also submitted his top five UFC predictions for 2022 and he had some pretty hot topics that could be debated.
First up was, Islam Makhachev to become lightweight champion by the end of the year while saying that he would cause a lot of problems for the other contenders that there is no way he doesn’t walk away from 2022 without the belt.
He also expects Valentina Shevchenko to become double champ and Henry Cejudo to return to the UFC.
DC also called on Khamzat Chimaev to be the No. 1 contender for the welterweight belt and his final prediction was Jon Jones competing for the heavyweight belt but losing out to either Francis Ngannou or Ciryl Gane, that is whoever does end up winning the heavyweight belt at UFC 270.
But it all goes without saying, everyone awaits Jon Jones’s return to the UFC and whether or not he is able to beat the frightening heavyweight contenders, competing for the title is the least that ‘Bones’ is expected to do.