Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones recently spoke exclusively to Bleacher Report. Jones would discuss a number of topics, including why he chose to vacate the LHW title and how he now plans to fight permanently in UFC’s Heavyweight division.
“The reason why I decided to vacate the light heavyweight belt and not hang onto it is that I knew my move to heavyweight was going to take a really long time,” Jones stated during the interview. “I didn’t want to be one of those athletes to slow down the division. I feel like I’ve held onto the light heavyweight championship for so long. I’ve ruined so many people’s dreams of being the light heavyweight champion. Now it’s time for someone else to have it.”
Jon Jones – “I could have done the selfish thing”
“I thought it was the right thing to do for everyone else,” Jon Jones would continue. “I could have done the selfish thing and held onto it and come up with a bunch of excuses and lied to the fans; said I was going to come back down to light heavyweight and made all these guys wait. I didn’t want to do that. I have no intentions of ever going back to light heavyweight.”
Jon Jones does not currently have an official opponent lined up for his next UFC bout. According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, UFC are planning a Heavyweight contest between Champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou for March of this year. The winner of that bout will go on to face Jon Jones in the summer, lining up a potentially massive superfight.
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