Jon Jones reveals he is ‘comfortable’ to wait another YEAR before making his heavyweight debut as the UFC star insists that an early return ‘only benefits other heavyweights’ as American bulks up for run at Francis Ngannou’s title
- Jon Jones has said he is ‘comfortable’ in biding his time before his UFC return
- The American, 32, has been out while bulking up to move to heavyweight
- UFC fans had hoped Jones would return this year to face Francis Ngannou
- However, Jones says that he is happy to wait another year before returning
Jon Jones has revealed that it could be another year before he makes his heavyweight debut as the UFC star insisted that he is ‘comfortable’ in biding his time before making his long-awaited return.
The 33-year-old has not set foot in the octagon since February 2020, having relinquished his light heavyweight crown to focus on bulking up for a highly-anticipated move up to heavyweight.
Jones has excited fans with his incredible body transformation over the course of more than 12 months, with many hoping for ‘Bones’ to step up and face heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a super-fight.
Jon Jones has told fans he may not make his UFC heavyweight debut for another year
The 32-year-old has not been in action since February 2020 as he bulks up for heavyweight
However, negotiations have between Jones and the UFC have hit a stumbling block, with supremo Dana White unwilling to meet the American’s demands, much to the frustration of fans.
Reports suggest that the UFC are pursuing a title fight between Ngannou and Derrick Lewis instead, while Jones has been linked with a showdown against former champion Stipe Miocic.
Yet Jones has insisted that he will not be forced into making his heavyweight debut before he feels he is ready to do so, adding that he is happy to wait a year before returning to the octagon.
‘Honestly, I feel like the only people that it benefits me jumping in their early are the other heavyweights,’ Jones wrote on Twitter.
Jones has spent over a year in the gym putting on the pounds as he eyes up the heavyweights
The American has been tipped to take on Francis Ngannou in a mammoth UFC showdown
But Jones says that his early heavyweight debut would ‘only benefit other heavyweights’
Jones then confirmed that he would be comfortable waiting another year before returning
‘The way I’m training, I’m gonna be a real problem this time next year. I’m comfortable enough to wait and that’s exactly what I’ll do.’
One fan asked whether Jones would be sidelined for another year, to which the 32-year-old confirmed as being the case.
‘Yes, I got a feeling you guys will still be around. The sport should be bigger than ever by then. Always looking on the bright side.’
Jones’ successful move up to heavyweight would certainly cement his legacy as the Greatest of all Time, with the debate reopening following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement from the sport last year.
Jones is looking to cement his legacy as the UFC GOAT if he wins the heavyweight title
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