Jon Jones has finally made his move to the heavyweight division. The only question is who will welcome Jones to the heavyweight division and when.
As per the latest comments from Dana White, Jon Jones is taking his own time to make the long-awaited heavyweight debut. Jones is making sure that he is at his pea condition before his heavyweight debut. He has been lifting some serious weights to gain extra muscle mass for the heavyweight journey.
And that’s going to be crucial for Jones’ future in the heavyweight division. There is no doubting the skillsets of the former light heavyweight king. However, the heavyweights have a clear weight and power advantage over Jon Jones, who has fought at light heavyweight his entire life. So showing up at an appropriate weight while maintaining the speed of a light heavyweight will be the key to victory for Jon Jones at heavyweight.
Many light heavyweights have failed in their heavyweight journey because they put on a lot of weight to neutralize the weight disadvantage. However, they lose the cardio and quickness of a light heavyweight in the process.
But, Jones is taking a more calculated path. He is putting the muscle mass the right way and he still looks in phenomenal condition.
Who will Jon Jones fight next?
Jon Jones should fight for the heavyweight title when he returns. That’s the only fight that makes sense after Jones vacated the UFC light heavyweight title. He has the resume that earns him a title shot at the heavyweight division.
Francis Ngannou is likely to take on Stipe Miocic for the title next. And it would make sense if Jones fights the winner of Ngannou vs Miocic. Both fights are intriguing matchups for the former champion. Though the fight against Stipe Miocic will mean a lot to Jones‘ legacy the fight with Francis Ngannou with the belt on the line just might be the biggest super fight that can be made right now.