One of the UFC’s most talked about possibilities might’ve just gotten one step closer to being a reality.
Jon Jones has decided to relinquish his UFC light heavyweight crown. He announced that news via Twitter, and also dropped the long-awaited news that he is negotiating a contract to fight at heavyweight.
Jones (26-1 1NC) has been the reigning face of the division for basically as long as he’s been a part of the UFC. At 23 he became the youngest champion in UFC history. The 33-year-old now owns records for most LWH title fights (14) and most title defenses (11).
Jones is absolutely in the discussion for greatest fighter in MMA history. He has 18 fight unbeaten streak and his only “loss” was a DQ for illegal elbows in which he was demolishing Matt Hammil back in 2009. His 11 title defenses tie him with Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson for most title defenses in the UFC. If you look at Jones record though it is dotted with former champions. He’s beaten Daniel Cormier twice, beat Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida as well.
Speculation is that Jones is angling for a high profile, big money fight against the nightmare of all nightmares, Francis Ngannou. At 6’4″ 258 pounds and boasting an 83-inch reach he’s essentially built like a Cameroonian Ivan Drago.
Jones as a massive light heavyweight. He stands just as tall at 6’4″ and has an 84 1/2 inch reach. His 205 frame is clearly capable of packing on more weight, especially considering his brother Arthur Jones was a former 300+ pound NFL defensive lineman and his other brother Chandler Jones is a 255-pound defensive end.
Considering Jones has had to cut to 205 pounds his whole career, there is a real possibility we’ve never seen someone who might already be the greatest fighter ever, at their best. With no weight cut a bulked up Jones, if he retains his speed and movement, is a bad matchup for anyone at heavyweight and could unlock a devastating power side to his game.
Here’s hoping that Jones can negotiate with Dana White and the UFC and make his heavyweight debut sooner rather than later. Will his historic run continue or will the former champion finally have met his match?