Jon Jones Studying His Possible Next Opponent
After reclaiming a UFC light heavyweight title this past weekend at UFC 232 against Alexander Gustafsson, Jon Jones has said he likes to keep himself busy and plans to fight three times in 2019. That being said, ‘Bones’ recently drops a hint on his Instagram account which shows he’s currently doing some tape study on Anthony Smith.
“So much to study, this is going to be fun,”
Smith also expressed his interest in Jon Jones fight as ‘Lionheart,’ feels it’s his time to shine, and he’s very much looking to challenge ‘Bones’ for the championship.
Jones words came out in regards to some comments Anthony Smith’s made while speaking to Flocombat, saying he’s ready to fight Jones anytime anywhere.
“I will fight him tomorrow,” Smith said of Jones. “July just sounded cool, you know, with International Fight Week. Also, I thought Jon had a bunch of commission sh*t he had to clear up, so that was just something off the cuff I said. July in Vegas just sounded cool. I will fight Jon Jones tomorrow.
“If he’s still in shape and can make 205, we can go at it this weekend. I don’t care. I will fight Jon Jones any time, anywhere, any place, it doesn’t matter. I am ready.”
Smith also said he observed some holes in Jones games at UFC 232 that gives him some leverage in an upcoming fight.
“I’m the only legitimate threat to Jon Jones,” he said. “I’m the only one that’s even got the capability of beating Jon Jones in the entire division. I think that’s gotta be next. I think I’m the next guy.
“There’s no one else out there who’s going to give Jon a fight. There’s no one who’s going to threaten him and there’s no one anyone else wants to see him against. Jon fought well [against Gustafsson], he really did, but he looked human. That’s one of my biggest takeaways from that. He didn’t look special to me and I don’t know if that’s my own ego where I’m looking at Jon as this phenomenal, unstoppable puzzle like a lot of people do.
“I see a lot of places to take advantage of Jon and I saw a lot of places on Saturday.”
Back in July 2017 Jones (23-1, 1 NC) was stripped of his title after testing positive for turinabol following his win over Daniel Cormier. Newly champ also tested positive for a traces of anabolic steroids before his fight with Gustafsson, but USADA did not constitute as a violation.
Meanwhile, Smith is on a three-fight win streak and recently submitted former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir.
Who wants to see Jones vs. Smith next?