Jon Jones Shuts Down Critics Questioning His Physique: ‘It’s Not a Bodybuilding Competition’

Jon Jones responded to the people saying his physique wasn't impressive in recent pictures.

Jon Jones
Jon Jones (Left and Right)(Image via Instagram @JonnyBones)

Jon Jones has fired back at people criticizing his physique in recent pictures. 

‘Bones’ is only days away from making his heavyweight debut at UFC 285. After spending three years transforming his body, the MMA community has been eager to see Jones’ physique. Earlier this week, the former UFC light heavyweight champion posed for a photo shoot, and fans began criticizing him for allegedly looking chubby.

Jones responded to the haters on his Instagram story by saying: 

“Good thing it’s not a bodybuilding competition! I have the strength and explosiveness of a lion right now. I can focus on leaning out better for my next fight. Most importantly, I’m 250 [pounds], still moving like a light heavyweight.”

Jon Jones Heavyweight Physique 1
Jon Jones Heavyweight Physique 1

On March 4, Jones looks to capture the vacant UFC heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane, who is coming off a third-round knockout against Tai Tuivasa. The former interim heavyweight champion has a statement to make at UFC 285. He’s being somewhat doubted because of his loss to Francis Ngannou, which created concerns about his wrestling abilities matching up against ‘Bones.’

How does the weight of Jon Jones affect his heavyweight debut?

Jon Jones claimed on his Instagram story that he’s 250 pounds. The final weigh-in will tell a bigger story, as there are two types of heavyweights. Some heavyweights come in at a lighter weight to focus on speed and conditioning, while others come in heavier to prioritize strength and power. 

MMAFighting’s Shaheen Al-Shatti posted on Twitter that there are currently betting odds for Jones’ weigh-in weight:

“In today’s round of You Can Bet On Anything, apparently Jon Jones’ #UFC285 weigh-in weight for heavyweight is fair game. Over/under is set at 242.5 pounds (via @betonline_ag).”

Jones made his UFC debut in 2018, later becoming the youngest champion in the promotion’s history at 23 years old. ‘Bones’ defended the light heavyweight championship eleven times over two title reigns. The 35-year-old had close class in his last two fights against Thiago Santos and Dominick Cruz, but he still emerged victorious. 

Jones looks to make history inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the UFC 285 co-main event, Alexa Grasso hopes to pull off a massive upset against Valentina Shevchenko for the women’s flyweight championship. The event features fourteen bouts starting at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 4.

Published on March 2, 2023 at 11:47 pm
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