Jon Jones Responds To Criticism About Heavyweight Transformation

Jon Jones is clapping back at haters who think he has lost a step while making his move to heavyweight.

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  • Jon Jones addresses criticism about his speed at heavyweight.
  • Jones gives a status update on his heavyweight debut.

Jon Jones has been spending his days getting ready for a debut at heavyweight. After spending 12 years fighting at 205 pounds, Jones shocked many in 2020 when he decided to relinquish his light heavyweight title and announced his intentions to jump up in weight. Since that announcement in May of 2020, Jones has been preparing his body to be capable of fighting at heavyweight. Periodically he will share some training videos of himself packing on the pounds. He recently shared a post of himself hitting pads and in true MMA Twitter fashion, the fans had some remakes for the former champion.

Bones addresses the opinions of the fans who thought he might have lost a step or two with the added weight 

For all those who said I looked a little slow in my last training video, I appreciate the added motivation,” he wrote. “I’ll push harder, can’t wait for you all to see your boy in actual fight shape. Everything has its process”

Jones heard the judgment from the onlookers and is using it as motivation. He still has work to do as his debut fight at heavyweight is yet to be determined. “Bones” is widely thought of as the best mixed martial artist the world has ever seen and is on the top of many people’s GOAT lists. He has not recorded a loss in the Octagon in his last 18 fights, despite the trouble he has had outside the cage. 

It seems Jones is getting closer to a return but the question still remains, who will he face when he gets back? Logically Jones would receive a title shot after all his success at light heavyweight but the champion Francis Ngannou is recovering from an injury. When a bout between these two was discussed years ago, there was a disagreement when it came to contract negotiations. Another option could be an interim title between Jones and Stipe Miocic. Jones also shed some light on this situation as well. 

In this post Jones mentions November, but the only PPV event in that month is the New York Card that just received a headliner of Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira. If he fights for a title that would most certainly be a headliner, so maybe December could be an option. There appear to be many moving parts in the story of Jones and his move to heavyweight. Only time will tell how this transition plays out. 

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