Jon Jones has a myriad of exciting matches for his heavyweight debut, according to one of his former opponents.
“Bones” defeated “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen via first-round TKO to earn the fifth successful defense of his light heavyweight crown. It happened at UFC 159 in April 2013.
In a recent episode of his podcast Beyond the fight in the context of discussing Michael Chandler using callouts to stage his own fights, Sonnen said:
“Waiting at heavyweight, okay. I mean that’s just one of them, waiting at heavyweight! We’re now on day six of an aging interview with the statements from Jon Jones that he’s ready but his phone isn’t ringing, the only thing he has to do before he comes in and fights is someone from the UFC has to call him.
“Tell him they would like him to come out and fight. It’s very different and I can think of quite a few guys to get in there with Jon Jones, that would be very interesting. Tai Tuivasa with the record, the ranking , the shoey, the whole nation behind him. Yeah, that’s a big deal. He’ll sit on a poster just fine.
“Not to mention he’s about to be there with the former interim champ. If Tai jumps on Ciryl Gane. What a skill for skill, forget it. He’s a cage fighter. He’s the modern era Tank Abbott. If he gets the jump on Ciryl, it probably means that because he knocked Ciryl out, his star is going to be even higher.”
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Jon Jones’ path to his heavyweight debut
The last time Jones competed in the confines of the cage was in February 2020. He emerged victorious in the main attraction of UFC 247 against Dominick Reyes in a unanimous decision verdict that was hotly debated by the fans ever since.
“Bones” has embarked on his long-awaited transition from the 205-pound ranks to the highest weight class in the UFC. By the way, the transition itself also took a long time and created a lot of expectation for the collective MMA space.
Rumblings of an interim heavyweight title clash with Stipe Miocic continue to emerge for Jones’ return, but no official announcement has materialized yet.
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