The biggest fight that UFC can book right now is still in jeopardy. Fans still don’t have any clarity on the heavyweight title picture. Is Jon Jones going to take on Francis Ngannou on his heavyweight debut? Or is UFC going to book Francis Ngannou against some other heavyweight contenders?
However, Jon Jones seems confident that his next fight is going to be against Francis Ngannou. The former light heavyweight champion believes UFC will finally come up with a deal that will match his current demands. In a recent interview with Fight Hype, Jon Jones stated:
“I think it’s gonna happen. I think the UFC eventually will do the right thing. I think this is one of the greatest fights of our generation and it would be really sad if it weren’t to happen. I believe that it will. It would be a real tragedy [if it didn’t happen]. It’ll happen.
“All in good time. We’re patient and like I said, just doing what we can do and controlling what we can control and doing our part.”
Jon Jones is not moving back to the light heavyweight division
Recently, Dana White said that Jon Jones might be scared to move up to the heavyweight division and fight monsters such as Francis Ngannou. However, Jones seems unphased with the challenges that might face in the heavyweight division. He claimed that the heavyweight gold is his only goal right now. Jones also said that he will only fight in the heavyweight division next and has no intention to move back to light heavyweight now. Jones stated:
“There’s no backup plan. Whether I’m fighting Francis for the title, Whether I’m fighting derrick lewis for the title, whether I am 3rd or 4th title defense it won’t matter to me. My goal is to be the HW champion. And the opponent won’t matter, the month won’t matter.”
There is no denying the fact that heavyweight is the only next move for Jon Jones. He has gained significant muscle mass and weighs around 240 lbs right now. He intends to be around 250 lbs when he takes on Francis Ngannou. So it will be incredibly tough for Jones to cut all that weight again to go back to the light heavyweight division, a division that he ruled for over a decade.
The only question is can UFC come to terms with Jones for the biggest heavyweight fight in UFC history?