‘Why take the risk of fighting Stipe Miocic when you can wait and face the champion?’: Georges St-Pierre warns Jon Jones it would be ‘mistake’ to take on heavyweight icon in division debut
- Jon Jones is waiting for his chance to step up to the UFC heavyweight division
- The American was set to fight the winner of Francis Ngannou vs Stipe Miocic
- Talks have broken down, with Derrick Lewis now in line to fight for the title
- Georges St-Pierre has insisted Jones shouldn’t bother fighting against Miocic
Georges St-Pierre has advised Jon Jones to steer clear of Stipe Miocic despite claiming the UFC’s pound-for-pound No.1 would beat Stone Cold.
Jones hasn’t fought since an unanimous decision victory over Dominick Reyes back in February last yea. Since, he has vacated his light-heavyweight belt and entered into frustratingly long-running talks over his heavyweight debut.
The 33-year-old was in line to fight the winner of Miocic and Francis Ngannou’s blockbuster clash, but after the Cameroonian-born star brutally knocked-out the American, Jones’ prize purse demands were to steep for Dana White.
Jon Jones is waiting for a chance to make a heavyweight debut after more than a year inactive
Jones was supposed to fight the winner of Francis Ngannou against Stipe Miocic this summer
Dana White and the pound-for-pound No.1 have been locked in frustrating contract discussions
Instead, the UFC president is looking to tee-up Derrick Lewis to face Ngannou this summer. Now, Hall of Fame icon St-Pierre has urged Jones to wait his turn to face the champion.
‘I think Jon should fight the champion, not Stipe,’ GSP told MMA Fighting. ‘I think he should fight Francis Ngannou.
‘Fighting, there’s always a question. Because you think you beat one guy, even if the odds favour you, doesn’t mean you’re always gonna win.
‘I think it would be a mistake for Jon Jones to fight Stipe.
St-Pierre, who retired in early 2019, has advised Jones to push for a fight against the champion
Ngannou clashing with Jones is a bout UFC fans are keen to see, but it may have to wait now
‘I believe Jon Jones will beat Stipe, but why take the risk of fighting Stipe when you can wait and fight the champion and collect two belts.
‘Then after it’s Jon Jones, the greatest of all time, and he can run off into the sunset. His stock will be higher than anybody ever.
‘Another world will open for him as he retires. He can do whatever he wants. The problem is, guys hang there in the sport for too long.
‘They are considered the best but they hang there too long so their stock is down, and when they retire, the door does not open for them because they already broke. So that’s why you should retire on top.’
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